Remember, Remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder Treason and Plot!

November 02, 2017

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.