“Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...”
Once again it is coming to that time of year when we brave the cold British evening nights to enjoy fireworks, bonfire toffee, and a whole range of plot night festivities!
The history behind Bonfire Night starts with Guido Fawkes, who planned the failed gunpowder plot of 1605!
Originally from York, Fawkes was found on the morning of 5 November guarding the explosives set to destroy Westminster Palace. In true sixteenth century tradition, over the following days, Fawkes was questioned and tortured and eventually he broke. Fawkes was ordered to be executed, but unfortunately he committed suicide immediately before his execution. More »