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Here in Guy Fawkes' home town, it's might be forgiveable that the City Council no longer organises a November 5th bonfire and firework display, local boy & all that. Or it would be if they hadn't given up merely because they couldn't organise one big event to their own public liability insurance standards (mostly traffic, would you believe), just as they banned the Viking boat burnings at the Jorvik festival on safety grounds, rather than making the events safe.

I'm pretty sure they couldn't organise a booze up in a brewery because people might get drunk.

I don't suppose it's occured to them to eliminate the problems associated with the big crowds drawn to a city-wide event by having several local events? The thinking just isn't top-down enough.

And what is it all about? Fires were lit in the streets of London to warm the street parties celebrating James I deliverance from assassination (& to a lesser extent his heir and the members of the Royal family saved with him and not so much the hundreds of Members of Parliament & seat of democracy itself). That the would-be assassins were Roman Catholics trying to eliminate a Protestant King was a factor in the handling of the subsequent pursuit, arrests, executions and backlash, but the bells rang out on the 5th for the safety of the monarch and hence the realm, untainted by denominational venom. Amazing that so many have forgotten, not least that Guido was just the trigger man, rather than the ringleader of the plot, Catesby.

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I can think of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

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