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?
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.