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Enjoying the tradition of Fireworks Night

24 November, 2017

Students from Kings Bournemouth recently enjoyed the British tradition of Fireworks Night. Adam Lewis reports back, and explains the history behind this annual event.

In early November at Kings Bournemouth we were lucky enough to celebrate Fireworks Night or, as some people in the UK call it, Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night.

Our students were really looking forward to celebrating this special event in the UK and they were very interested in learning about why we celebrate this night. It all came about because of the famous Gunpowder Plot.

Its history begins with the events of 5th November 1605 when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) in London. They had hoped to blow it up, together with Kings James I.

In a celebration of the fact that James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London and, months later, the introduction of the 'Observance of 5th November' was enforced as a public holiday. On 5th November the tradition of lighting bonfires began to celebrate the safety of the King. Since then, the event had been commemorated every year with fireworks and the burning of Guy Fawkes effigies on bonfires.

Our student were very impressed in understanding this historical night. So we set off from Bournemouth by train on a short journey to Poole. This was definitely the best mode of transport due to the popularity of the fireworks display on Poole Quay, and it was very busy.

The students had a great time as there were lots of people who were out celebrating. We listened to live music and saw lots of food stalls and activities. In the evening, they were wowed by the spectacular display of fireworks on Poole Quay. This was made even better as all of this was free!

I am sure next year we will have many more students who will enjoy this wonderful night!