Remember, remember the fifth of November
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, it was his intent
To blow up the King and Parliament
Three score barrels of powder below
To prove old England’s overthrow
By God’s providence he was catched
With a dark lantern and match
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King
So goes the traditional rhyme.
On the night of 5th November 1605 an audacious plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament, King James I and the government was foiled when suspicious guards were sent to check the cellars and found Guy Fawkes ready to light the fuse. The plot by a group of Catholic extremists aimed to restore rights to the Catholics and replace the Protestant King with his 9 year old daughter as a ‘puppet’ Queen. The plotters were caught, tortured and subjected to being hung, drawn and quartered.
King James decreed that great bonfires should be lit every 5th November to celebrate his survival and by 1606 the tradition was set. It is still celebrated with bonfires and fireworks, and the burning of the ‘guy’, an effigy of Guy Fawkes.
Enjoy your evening and don’t forget the baked potatoes, bonfire toffee and parkin!