“Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot”
Just incase you get asked by an inquisitive child this week and you have forgotten the main facts of the story behind Bonfire night, here is a condensed version.
In 1605 a man called Guy Fawkes planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament. He wanted to kill King James I and his government. He believed if they did this they could return England to the Catholic faith. At the time England was a Protestant country.
With his group of helpers they put 36 barrels of gunpowder under the Houses of Parliament. One member of the group sent a letter to a friend who worked in Parliament, telling him not to go there on the 5th November. The plot was discovered when others found the letter and sent guards to arrest Guy Fawkes and his helpers who were waiting under the Houses of Parliament. They were arrested, tortured and executed.
Thanks to the CBBC Website for jogging our memory of the History of November 5th.