Once again in 2012, tens of thousands of people are expected to gather at Roundhay Park to enjoy Leeds’ biggest bonfire and fireworks event.
In 1605, Guy Fawkes (born in York 1570) and a group of co-conspirators attempted to blow up King James 1 and the Houses of Parliament in what has become known as the Gunpowder Plot. Before they were able to carry out their plan they were caught, and subsequently tortured and executed.
Every year since 1605, November the 5th, has becone the date for celebrating his notorious treasonous Gunpowder Plot failure by letting off fireworks and burning an effigy of 'Guy' on a bonfire.
On (or around) 5th November bonfires, effigies and fireworks are lit throughout the country as Britain remembers Englands most infamous traitor - Guy Fawkes, the Gunpowder Plot conspirator caught red-handed in the House of Lords cellar in the Parliament building, London in 1605 as he was about to blow up Parliament and the King in an attempt to rid the country of its Protestant rulers and restore the Catholic faith.
Guy Fawkes' Night, or Bonfire Night, today has many customs. The most obvious link would appear to be the effigy, or 'guy', named after Fawkes, the rag-bag of old clothes stuffed with newspapers customarily burnt atop the bonfire. The tradition started in 1606, but surprisingly the effigy burnt until 1806 was not, in fact, Fawkes but Pope Paul V !, who after the Gunpowder Plot refused to allow Catholics to take the oath of allegiance to the Crown.
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Fireworks Safety and the Law: BE SAFE NOT SORRY ...
Think you know how to use fireworks safely? Get the most out of your fireworks, and stay within the law:
Fireworks and the law:
There are laws about when fireworks can be sold, and to who – as well as the times fireworks can be set off. See how easy it is to be fined up to £5,000 AND sent to prison for THREE MONTHS!
If you are under 18, you can't:
• Buy the types of fireworks which can be sold only to adults
• Have fireworks in public places
If you do, the police can give you an on-the-spot fine of £80.
Using fireworks legally:
It is against the law to:
• Set off or throw fireworks in the street or other public place
• Set off fireworks between 11.00 pm and 7.00 am – except during certain celebrations
If found guilty by the courts, you could be fined up to £5,000 and can be imprisoned for up to three months. You may be liable for an on-the-spot fine of £80.
When you can use fireworks during celebrations:
You can let off fireworks:
• Until midnight on Bonfire Night
• Until 1.00 am on New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year
Ask driver for the stop at Roundhay Park!!
Roundhay Park is on the 2 and 12 circular bus route. Buses number 12 (Blue Line) take the most direct route via Oakwood. Buses on route number 2 (Red Line) go a longer way via Moortown Corner.
Bus Routes 2, 12 Roundhay Park or Moortown depart from New Market St., New Briggate in Leeds City Centre Daytime every 10 minutes, Sundays & evenings every 20 or 30 minutes.
Extra buses are allocated when there is a major event on in Roundhay park
DISCLAIMER: Note that all events may be subject to change, and we advise you to independently check and confirm any event before travelling! E & OE 2011.
The Traditional Rhyme for Bonfire Night, the 5th of November:
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd,
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
And what should we do with him? Burn him!
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Roundhay Park map showing the location of the annual Bonfire: