Thursday, November 06, 2008

it's bonfire night!

I’ve just got home, I’m soaked to the skin, I have a thumping headache and I stink of smoke! But I’ve had great time, and when I’ve got out of these wet clothes, taken a couple of aspirins and poured a stiff drink, I’ll come back and tell you about it! In the meantime here's a 30 second video I took inadvertantly - my camera was in movie mode by mistake! Don’t go away.




I’m back. I can’t believe it was a year ago I wrote about my annual visit to the Lewes bonfire celebrations. November 5th is the biggest date in the English calendar outside Christmas, and it’s the day we remember the gunpowder plot of 1605 when Guy Fawkes placed explosive barrels in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament in London in unsuccessful attempt the blow the buildings up. And this morning, the Yeoman of the Guard will have gone down to the cellars to carry out the ritual search for gunpowder as they have done on November the 5th for centuries.
All over England cities, towns and villages will have held bonfire night tonight when an effigy of Guy Falkes will have been be placed atop a bonfire and burned, followed by lavish firework displays.
.And the ancient county town of Lewes near me tonight held the biggest bonfire night in the country. Tonight as well as the burning of the Guy, we witnessed the annual burning of the Pope to commemorate the murder of the protestant martyrs who were tied to crosses then set alight in Lewes in 1640.
.Last year I wrote at length about the Lewes celebration, and rather than go over it again, I’ll place a link at the foot of this piece. Suffice to say, tonight saw the biggest Lewes Bonfire night ever which featured the seven rival Lewes bonfire societies, 26 village societies, fourteen separate processions with 8000 participants, and a crowd in excess of 60,000 to look on in the pouring rain! A few of my photos follow and the rest are on my Keiths Images sight.
.To view Lewes 2007 click here .






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6 comments:

  1. Bet you were all fired up....

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  2. i've always been drawn to remember, remember the 5th of november, of gunpowder, treason and plot...

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  3. Keith WOW what a huge celebration. I remember you article from last year. I bet you didn't know you had an article on the FRONTPAGE at Helium regarding this celebration.

    In the Marketplace they have something about vacation spots in London right now. Going to check that out myself :)

    Smashing article

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  4. I already saw and commented on the photos. Excellent write up. I almost felt like I was there. Well, except for our house is a bit cold at the moment. So not quite.

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  5. I remember you writing about this in length last year. I love this years photos as well as your detailed writing about it. Love ya

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  6. wow! I remember that 5th November is Guy Fawkes day in England! It must be fun to have all those fireworks!

    Great pictures Keith!

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