I’ve read about the tradition on 5th November on the bonfirenight website. It’s very interesting.
Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603 and the Catholics hoped her successor will be more tolerant of their religion. He wasn’t, so 13 men tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament, hoping they will kill the King and the Prince of Wales.
The 13 men stored 36 barrels of gunpowder in a cellar, under the House of Lords. It became clear that innocent people would be hurt and some of them had second thoughts. One of them warned one of his friends to stay away that night.
The warning letter reached the King. His forces captured Guy Fawkes, who was tortured and executed.
The Gunpowder Plot struck a very profound chord for the people of England. The reigning monarch only enters the Parliament once a year, on what is called “the State Opening of Parliament”. Prior to the Opening, and according to custom, the Yeomen of the Guard search the cellars of the Palace of Westminster. Nowadays, the Queen and Parliament still observe this tradition.
Bonfires were set on that night to celebrate the safety of the King. Since then, November 5th has become known as Bonfire Night. So, the tradition of bonfires started in 1605 when people lit bonfires to celebrate the fact that the King was saved.
The event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire. As years progressed, however, the ritual became more elaborate. Fireworks were added to the celebrations.
The Irish Ferry with the destination Belfast. It looks very nice, but I the last time I was on a ferry I said I’ll avoid them.
The Seacombe ferry (Birkenhead – Liverpool).
This is one of the ventilation shafts of the Mersey tunnels.
The other ventilation shaft.
We were above the Kingsway tunnel, that links Liverpool to Wallasey.
New places to visit. I already saw New Brighton, actually the beach and Fort Pert Rock
Nice, isn’t’ it? I’m sure Udrea had no idea she could spend money on things that actually count and that bring money back in the economy. For example this free car park is near the Seacombe Ferry and is behind the Spaceport, a very nice museum that has a pretty high fee (8 pounds for 1 adult).
The car park that I mentioned earlier.
The Irish ferry. I took this picture from the other side of the terminal. I was near U-boat, another great museum.