BONFIRE NIGHT @ LONDON! 2-6PM (UK time 10pm-2am)
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
About This Event At The London Event Field
It’s time to gather around the bonfire with your friends and loved ones, get yourself all cosy and get ready to see some spectacular fireworks PLUS Big Ben will make it’s demise! That’s right .. Big Ben will be EXPLODING to some awesome Rock tunes by DJ Rose who will be taking The London Tube to Hyde Park from 2-4pm! There will be 1000L on the board for “Best in Guy Fawkes”! The Coach & Horses and DJ LB will be continuing the party with more fireworks and fun at 4pm! The Original London Sims … where we like to party in a friendly relaxed atmosphere!
In Britain, bonfire night is one of our traditional festivals. Like Thanksgiving has for the US, Bonfire Night has become part of British folklore.
It’s celebrated with a huge fire, fireworks and burning an effigy of someone on it. That someone is called ‘Guy Fawkes’.
Who Was Guy Fawkes?
Once upon a time (in 1605), a Yorkshire man plotted with others to kill James I and restore England to a Catholic monarchy. This man was Guy Fawkes.
Guy was from Clifton in York and went to St Peter’s School in York (now the 3rd oldest school in the UK). As a staunch Catholic he disliked the Protestant King and in 1604 became involved with Robert Catesby and other collaborators in a plot to kill the King. However it was his job to be the only person who actually blew the building up. Somehow the plot was leaked and he was caught just before he attempted to blow up Parliament with the King in it.
When he was caught he claimed to be called ‘John Johnson’ and was tortured to reveal his collaborators’ names. Torture regularly results in confession but ‘John’ resisted until a letter was found in his pocket addressed to Guy Fawkes.
After his confession he was sentenced to a grizzly death of being hung, drawn and quartered. This was being half hung until on the brink of death then cut down and dragged backwards by a horse along the streets, his head near the ground then all conspirators were to be “put to death halfway between heaven and earth as unworthy of both”. Their genitals would be cut off and burnt before their eyes, and their bowels and hearts removed. They would then be decapitated, and the dismembered parts of their bodies displayed so that they might become “prey for the fowls of the air”. It sounds awful, but Guy was having none of this and jumped from the hanging scaffold to ensure his instant demise.
Following this event, an Act entitled ‘An Acte for a publique Thancksgiving to Almighty God everie yeere of the Fifte day of November’ was passed in January 1606.
It proclaimed the discovery of the ‘Gunpowder Plot’ should ‘be held in a perpetual Remembrance’ and that the day be ‘a holiday for ever in thankfulness to God for the deliverance and detestation of the Papists’. This annual ‘remembrance’ was to be marked by a morning service in every parish church at which a special prayer of thanksgiving was to be given.