We remember the 5th of November with Fireworks, Bonfires and Guy Burning!!
Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot
The words of “Remember Remember” refer to Guy Fawkes with origins in 17th century English history.
On the 5th November 1605 Guy Fawkes was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament with several dozen barrels of gunpowder.
Guy Fawkes was subsequently tried as a traitor with his co-conspirators for plotting against the government.
He was tried by Judge Popham who came to London specifically for the trial from his country manor Littlecote House in Hungerford, Gloucestershire.
Fawkes was sentenced to death and the form of the execution was one of the most horrendous ever practised (hung, drawn and quartered) which reflected the serious nature of the crime of treason.
The Tradition begins.
The following year in 1606 it became an annual custom for the King and Parliament to commission a sermon to commemorate the event. Lancelot Andrewes delivered the first of many Gunpowder Plot Sermons.
This practice, together with the nursery rhyme, ensured that this crime would never be forgotten! Hence the words “Remember, remember the 5th of November”
The poem is sometimes referred to as ‘Please to remember the fifth of November’.
It serves as a warning to each new generation that treason will never be forgotten.
In England the 5th of November is still commemorated each year with fireworks and bonfires culminating with the burning of effigies of Guy Fawkes (the guy).
The ‘guys’ are made by children by filling old clothes with crumpled newspapers to look like a man. Tradition allows British children to display their ‘guys’ to passers-by and asking for ” A penny for the guy”.
BAN THE FIREWORKS !!
They look pretty, but we do not like fireworks and think they should be banned. They scare the cats and dogs, terrify our horses, we live outside London in the county of Buckinghamshire and the odd one hits a barn full of hay or a thatched roof and burns the unsuspecting thing to the ground.
Should it be a total ban?
Or should it just be a ban on home fireworks, let the professionals do it in a safe place where no one or property gets burnt? or only allow public to buy indoors fireworks?
What do you think should we ban fireworks from home use?
Kevin Paul Humphrey