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Remember, remember, 5th. November…

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Bonfire, South Shields

…gunpowder, treason, and plot.

There is a reason why we do these things on 5th. November, and I often wonder how much of the importance is imparted to our children. We commemorate the uncovering of the plot in 1605 to destroy Parliament and the King by Guy Fawkes each year, a celebration that few understand apart from the opportunity to launch fireworks into the night sky.

Here in South Shields in our best Geordie dialect we refer to the occasion as “bonty neet”, and a few illicit bonfires still get lit in defiance of the health and safety police (a centuries old tradition is gradually being destroyed, and I’m sure they would be happier if Guy Fawkes Night was removed from the calendar.)

So, no map link today, to protect these lads who managed to find wood to burn and evaded the fire brigade for a while (but I can tell you that they built their fire in an isolated spot well away from any buildings).

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 55mm lens, 1/20 second, f5.6, iso 800, Velbon tripod.

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Written by curly

November 6, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Colour, Events, Fun, Night, South Shields

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  1. Sorry another memory I’m afraid. I remember the old ‘Penny for the Guy’ tradition. Which down in London, where I’m from originally mean’t stuffing your Dads old jacket and trousers with old tights and sticking a ‘Guy’ mask on the dummy and sitting on the pavement shouting ‘Penny for the Guy’ at passers by. But I was ‘Up North’ one year for Bonfire Night and was amazed that the kids up there dressed another kid in the ‘Guy’s’ outfit, stuck a mask on him and sat him in a pushchair. We then went from door to door in Bedlington asking for the penny. We did quite well as I remember. It seems Halloween has taken over that particular tradition one way or another.


    November 6, 2008 at 7:21 pm

  2. Up in Northumberland last week, I saw a fantastic bonfire in preparation over in Lindesfarne. Surprised you couldn’t see it from where you were 😉


    November 7, 2008 at 12:39 am

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