Geoffs Life After Work !

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Guy Fawkes,Bonfire Night and Mischievous Night every November 5th

Guy Fawkes, also known as Guido Fawkes, the name he adopted while fighting for the Spanish, was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605,failed was caught,tortured and rather than being hung,drawn & quartered he leapt of the hangman’s scaffolding breaking his neck thus missing out on the other gory stuff!! He was caught in the catacombs beneath the House Of Lords when the King would have been in attendance .November the 5th was always a great time for us kids in days gone by.We would spend weeks before the “burning” day collecting anything that would burn ! Old furniture,trees,tyres ( not recommended) and build bonfires that always had a  “den” within.Night before bonfire night was known as mischief night,where we would knock on doors and run off and other “stuff”(all these events were before Halloween became popular) Bonfires were built down back alleys (heaven knows why because alley ways were very tight!) We would make Guy Fawkes effigy’s (life size) and sit outside pubs,clubs,cinemas etc asking “Spate a copper for the Guy) which at times proved to be quite lucrative ! Proceeds were supposed to buy fireworks that were available at most grocery,paper shops but mostly spent on toffees or fags (cigarettes)On the night (Nov 5) we would chuck our Guy on top of the finely constructed bonfire and set it alight. Darkened skies were full of exploding rockets,ground fireworks consisted of rip raps,bangers,catherine wheels,roman candles and more.Spuds were thrown into the embers and once taken out of the fire in their very blackened skins we ate the tender potato.Often parents would provide home made treacle toffee,Parkin and other treats.This years bonfire we had Lasagna and  Hotpot and the obligatory alcohols ! Because Nov 5 falls on a Sunday this year bonfires were lit on 3 different days.Altho these evenings are great there are,sadly,people who get hurt or burnt and I believe a busy night for local Hospitals.Animals are usually terrified of this event and owners are continually advised to keep them indoors.Those days were some of the best in my life with not an electronic gizmo in sight,oh Happy Days



November 5, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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