Bonfire Night

We went to the Bonfire Night at King Arthur’s Pub in the Gower for dinner. Dinner was delicious and the place was very crowded. Jim ordered shrimp starters to share and turbot  for the main. Absolutely delicious! 

We shared our table with another family and after talking with them, there were more fireworks going off than I’ve ever seen before; if you know what I mean. Interesting conversation to say the least. 

Anyway on the way, Jim drove so I could see the Bonfires as we passsed one after another off Swansea Bay. They were randomly spread across the beaches and fire works were everywhere too. The night was beautiful; festival like and happy. 

In Texas unlicensed Bonfires and fireworks are illegal to fire within city limits. But the weird thing is…anyone over 18 can buy them. And to burn a fire, you have to get a licence or permit to burn a fire on your property.  

Bonfire Night in the UK is where an effigy of Guy Fawkes burns on the 5th of  November. In 1605, Bonfire Night originates from the Gunpowder Plot;  a failed conspiracy to assassinate the Protestant King James I of England in an attempt to blow up the Parliament. 

In the immediate aftermath, the arrest of Guy Fawkes was caught guarding a cache of explosives placed beneath the House of Lords.  

Hence, the Council allowed the public to celebrate the king’s survival with bonfires, so long as they were “without any danger or disorder.” 

This made 1605 the first year the plot’s failure was celebrated.

 The following January, days before the surviving conspirators were executed, Parliament passed the Observance of 5th November Act, commonly known as the “Thanksgiving Act”. 

So all and all it was a great night out. Jim still sparks my heart…. And Bonfire Night truly is a celebration of life and the survival of the King and so many lives here in Great Britain. 

I’m still learning new things and I love that. 


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