…with 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 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.
Hollo-a-boys, hollo-a-boys, let the bells ring
Hollo-a-boys, hollo-a-boys, God save the King!
Hardly anyone remembers more than the first four lines of this rhyme but it is nigh-impossible to forget the 5th November in England. Until 1859, Royal Decree made a compulsory celebration of Protestant triumph over Catholic dissenters’ attempt to blow up parliament in 1605. Today, people of every religious belief and people of none at all come together and revel on Fireworks Night. Not because we have to but because it is good fun.
Some traditionally very popular public displays, including at Alexandra Palace, have been cancelled in 2010, due to the current lack of funds but on Friday 5th November, there will be public fireworks displays at
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ where gates open at 6pm, fireworks 8pm
Tickets cost £6 for adults and £1 for children under 10 years of age.
Advance tickets are available from booths within Battersea Park from Monday 1st November
Clapham Common SW4 0AA
Tickets are FREE.
Tel. 020 7926 6207 for details
Crystal Palace SE20 8DT where gates open at 6pm with children’s fireworks at 7pm, main display 8.30pm
Tickets are £5 adults, £3 children (ages 5-13 years old), under-5 free. Parking £3.
And on Saturday, 6th November
Blackheath SE3 where fireworks start at 8pm
Tickets are FREE for all, £1 suggested donation per person.
Tel. 020 8314 7321
Ravenscourt Park W6 opens at 6.00pm. The bonfire is lit at 7.15pm, a childrens’ show will commence at 7.30pm. The main display follows at 8pm.
Tickets are £6 on the day or £4.00 in advance.
Tel. 0871 221 1722
If you are keen to avoid all the whizz-bang, the Belmont Ensemble of London will be performing Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks in a concert which also includes Arrival of The Queen of Sheba (from Solomon) and finishes with Mozart’s Symphony No.10 in G K74, conducted by Peter G. Dyson, at St Martin-in-The-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ from 7.30pm.
Tickets from £7 to £25
Tel. 020 776 61100 or buy online