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Guy Fawkes Night UK – November 5th

Posted by cotojo on November 5, 2007

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.

By God’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him?
Burn him!

Guy Fawkes was one of a group of conspirators who tried to blow up the House of Lords in 1605 on the day of the State Opening of Parliament. Had they been successful, King James I and members of both the House of Commons and House of Lords would have been killed.

The exact reasons for the Gunpowder Plot are uncertain, but were connected to the struggle between the Protestant and Roman Catholic religions that took place in England during the 16th and 17th Centuries. In any case, the plot was uncovered on November 4th 1605, the night before the State Opening. The conspirators were arrested and tried in Westminster Hall in January 1606 for high treason. All were convicted, and sentenced to death.

November 5th was appointed a day of thanksgiving and is still remembered by bonfire parties and fireworks to this day.

Over the weekend there were many bonfires and fireworks and I went to Paignton to see a good display of fireworks on Saturday night with some friends. 


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13 Responses to “Guy Fawkes Night UK – November 5th”

  1. Maria said


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  3. cotojo said

    Sue – Bonfire night was great wasn’t it 🙂

    Now the fireworks are so much bigger and powerful and all electronically detonated!! So much for the little rockets and catherine wheels, don’t see them anymore but we used to have great fun 🙂


  4. sueblimely said

    How I loved what we used to call bonfire night when I was young. Organized celebrations were rare then as everyone bought their own fireworks and lit them and a bonfire in their backyards. The sky was alive with them. I was always a little worried about the rockets though, and stayed a safe distance away from other things that could hurt me. (hospital emergency wards proved that they did this with regularity). I loved Catherine Wheels but hated the Jumping Crackers that mean little boys would start setting off at your feet weeks before.

  5. cotojo said

    Deborah – Thank you, it was a pretty good show, and there’s a little bit of history for you hahaha.


  6. Deborah said

    Fabo shots of the fireworks Colin. I had never heard of Guy Fawkes night before, very interesting.

  7. cotojo said

    Lisa – Thanks for your comment 🙂

    The fireworks were good, and plenty more again last night but should quieten down now for a while….til New Year anyway 🙂


  8. Sophiagurl said

    I love fireworks too! Lovely photos.

  9. cotojo said

    Kim – Now there are many more organised displays which raise money for charity, some of which are superb. The best one is held in Plymouth each August when they have a massive international fireworks show. Then we will have them again at Christmas and New Yeas Eve.
    Burnt out is probably about right lol, went to a theme park on Sunday so will do a post about that later 🙂 Came away totally wrecked after doing all the things I’m not supposed to do hahahaha.


  10. laketrees said

    hi Colin
    fantastic photos of the fireworks…
    we don’t have bonfire night any more….
    we have to wait for New Years Eve 😀

  11. laketrees said

    gosh Colin
    Halloween last week and Guy Fawkes at the weekend …you must be all burnt out 😀
    fantastic fireworks display…..
    we have to wait til New Years Eve for ours… bonfire night is becoming a thing of the past over here…

  12. cotojo said

    Diane – Hey…Belated Birthday Wishes, hope you had a great birthday 🙂

    I love fireworks too, the fun, the atmosphere and love the big international show they host in Plymouth…missed it this year though 😦

    Have a great week 🙂


  13. Diane said

    I LOVE fireworks. I think because my birthday is the day before they always have good associations for me – birthday parties, presents, fun. I still get stupidly excited by them. Sad really…. 🙂

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