Remember, remember, the fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and plot. Should ever be forgot.

As you may know, this week, the UK celebrates the annual festivity of Bonfire Night, celebrated with a plethora of colourful and intricate firework displays on November 5th. This day commemorates the infamous story of the Gunpowder Plot, where Guy Fawkes and other plotters attempted to invade Parliament in pursuit of setting off explosives. During this time, many people were displeased with the behaviour of the King, James I. As a result, they planned to plot against the King, by blowing up Parliament. Fortunately, they were stopped just in time, as the King’s men soon found Guy Fawkes and arrested him immediately. Soon, people began to set off fireworks to celebrate the survival of King James – and continue to do so today!

In our local area of Kingston, there have been many fireworks displays, over the last few days. In particular, a popular event amongst many takes place at Kingsmeadow Stadium. People are able to admire the beautiful fireworks and take part in other festivities of the occasion.

However, though this occasion is joyous, it is important to stay safe when using fireworks. In recent years, it has become very simple for teenagers to get hold of fireworks. However, they can be extremely dangerous and cause detrimental injury. So, it is vital for fireworks to be used with caution. Although you may have heard this many time, it is important that you take these precautions:

  • Always stay a safe distance after a firework has been lit
  • Make sure to only buy legal fireworks, with proper instructions
  • Always use fireworks outside with a bucket of water or hose nearby
  • Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them away
  • If a firework doesn’t seem to light, don’t go over to it or relight it

So, celebrate the festivities with fireworks, sparklers, and bonfires, while honouring its origins in history. However, always be cautious when using fireworks!

By Ananya Sinha