Remember, Remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder Treason and Plot!
Now Halloween is over it will soon be Bonfire Night. In Tetbury there is a fireworks display and bonfire at Sir William Romney's School on Lowfield Road. It starts at 6.00pm, tickets are £5 for adults, £3 concessions.
I'm sure most people are aware that this public celebration has it's origin in the foiling of a plot to blow up the House of Lord's by Guy Fawkes and a group of conspirators on the 5th of November 1605, hoping to kill the protestant King James I and replace him with a catholic monarch. The people lit bonfires to celebrate the survival of the King and the day was soon designated a public day of thanksgiving for the plots failure and as a focus for anti-catholic sentiment. Originally effigies of the Pope were burnt as well as Guy Fawkes.
Thankfully now days the night is generally observed by a large bonfire, fireworks display and the consumption of such treats such as toffee apples.
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