Fireworks on the beachfront

“Remember, remember, the 5th of November; Gunpowder, treason and plot; I see no reason why gunpowder, treason; should ever be forgot.”

410 Years later, the world has not forgotten as we continue to light up the skies with fireworks, even though this celebration has little to do with South African history and culture.

The City of Cape Town officials have allocated certain parks and public areas as safe locations for setting off fireworks, our designated area for fireworks is on the Table View beachfront across from KFC.

However beautiful and exciting, firework safety is important. Read the instructions carefully, never return to a firework once it has been lit, direct any fireworks away from spectators, stand well back, throw your rubbish away and remember the dogs in the neighbourhood have sensitive ears. Have fun and be safe.

Here’s a brief summary of what Guy Fawkes is all about

The failed gunpowder plot back in 1605 was the mastermind of Robert Catesby, who plotted to assassinate King James I. Together with Guy Fawkes and three other plotters, they formulated a plan to strike at the opening of parliament on 5 November.

The group planted 36 barrels of gunpowder, knowing that members of parliament including the King and the Prince of Wales would be killed. When they realised innocent people would be killed, one of the group members sent a letter to a member of parliament warning him to stay away from the building on 5 November.

The letter reached the King and he sent his forces in to stop the blowing up of parliament. Guy Fawkes was in the cellar with the barrels of gunpowder when the Kings men arrived, he was captured, tortured and executed.

The people of London were told only that the King had been saved and not of the plot, and in celebration the people lit bonfires. Over the past 400 years the celebrations have grown and become more elaborate with the addition of fireworks and adding dummies called “The Guy”, traditionally in the UK, “The Guy” is set on top of the bonfire and is set alight.

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