Saturday, November 6, 2010

Remember, Remember

The 5th of November

The evening began with a race: four boys dressed in black and white stripes and red bandanas pulling burning barrels. Then the reading of the bonfire prayers... (here are some video clips for you too).

Bonfire Prayers

Remember, remember the Fifth of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot
I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes 'twas his intent
To blow up the King and the Parliament
Three score barrels of powder below
Poor old England to overthrow

By God's providence he was catch'd
With a dark lantern and burning match
Holler boys, holler boys, ring bells ring
Holler boys, holler boys, God Save the King!

A penny loaf to feed the Pope
A farthing o'cheese to choke him
A pint of beer to rinse it down
A faggot of sticks to burn him

Burn him in a tub of tar
Burn him like a blazing star
Burn his body from his head
Then we'll say old Pope is dead

Hip Hip Hoorah!
Hip Hip Hoorah!
Hip Hip Hoorah!

This is likely the most quiet event of the evening.  After the prayers the processions begin!  I can't explain so I will just show you.  There are far too many pics to post up here so I put a video of one of the cooler moments and I'll give you a link to the rest of the pics.  Enjoy!