5th November… It’s that Time of Year

Bonfire night

It’s that time of year again when our thoughts turn to all things autumnal.  The nights are drawing in, we feel crunchy leaves underfoot, enjoy the spectacular colours, cold misty mornings, comfort food and of course Bonfire Night.

Every year despite the health and safety laws of recent times our fervour to celebrate Bonfire Night does not seem to cease.  We still excitedly go off, wrapped up in our thick, snuggly winter coats into the chilly, damp, dark evening air, to celebrate the thwarting of this most audacious plot to kill King James 1 of England by blowing up the Houses of Parliament.

The lighting of Bonfires is a tradition that started after the foiling of the Gunpowder plot of 5th November 1605, to celebrate the survival of King James 1 of England.  Months later the Observation of 5th November Act 1605 also known as the “Thanksgiving Act” was drafted and introduced on 23rd January 1606 by Edward Montagu.  It called for an annual, public thanksgiving for the failure of the plot, and was repealed in 1859.

It is strange to think what would have happened if the plot had succeeded and James 1 was assassinated.  Perhaps it is this that is this that still drives us all to celebrate this most well known of events, and maybe in the back of our minds we enjoy the excitement and secrecy that the plot was surrounded in.  Many of us remember it as a plot to kill the king and not necessarily the political events surrounding it.

Remember, Remember the 5th of November Gunpowder, Treason and Plot!

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