Bonfire Night!

5th November 2014

Happy Bonfire Night!

The night has an exciting history, which shouldn’t be forgotten amidst the bonfire and the fireworks!

November 5th has been celebrated since 1605, when Guy Fawkes and 13 others attempted to blow up Parliament and kill King James I. The plot failed, and to celebrate the fact the King was alive and Parliament was in tact, the people of London lit bonfires in the streets, in a tradition which would last until today, over 400 years later. The act of Parliament that was passed at the time deemed 5th November as a day of thanksgiving for the deliverance of James I, which remained in force for 254 years.

Today, we eat foods such as toffee apples, treacle toffee and hot pie and mushy peas to mark the occasion. Roasted chestnuts and hot jacket potatoes are also enjoyed.

Enjoy the night! And stay safe with any fireworks you are handling!