Published by Astrid Beck,
November 5 is Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night It is an annual commemoration primarily in Great Britain and of course in Cambridge.
Kate and I have been to the firework display at Red Lion Pub in Histon, 7 minute walk from Kate's place, where I live at (btw her son is named Guy).
See The Red Lion Histon on Facebook for more nice photos.
Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Catholic Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that Protestant King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's failure.
The fifth of November, since I can remember,
Was Guy Faux, Poke him in the eye,
Shove him up the chimney-pot, and there let him die.
A stick and a stake, for King George's sake,
If you don't give me one, I'll take two,
The better for me, and the worse for you,
Ricket-a-racket your hedges shall go. (1903)
photo: Barry Starling