That Guy Fawkes knew how to dress for the season. The one that came to our door at the weekend was well wrapped up, with gloves, a scarf and a cool beanie hat. He looked a bit battered though, so we recommended a visit to www.racinggreen.co.uk to sort out his lacklustre threads! (We even gave his mates 50p towards them. Generous to a fault, that’s us)
Toffee apples, candy floss, doughnuts, fireworks, sparklers a flask of tea and a great big bonfire... It’s the annual event that everyone likes – unless you’re a dog handler – BONFIRE NIGHT!
Its history begins with the events of 5th November 1605, when all round bad boy Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. It all ended happily, except for Guy, who had been looking forward to a night on the town after the plotting was over, but found himself being hanged drawn and quartered instead. (Presumably ruining a good set of tweeds as a result!)
Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, although the practice of throwing your settee on top wasn’t introduced until much later.
Nowadays we all use it as a good excuse to round up the family on a cold autumn night and head out to enjoy a firework spectacle whilst keeping warm around a bonfire!
November the 5th is usually a very cold one (fingers crossed it doesn’t rain) so you’ll have to wear plenty of layers to make it through the night in one piece.
To prepare you for the night we recommend a henley underneath a casual shirt and a shawl knit underneath a jacket finished off with those classic winter accessories such as hats, gloves and scarves – as worn by Guy himself.
What’s more - to add to your Bonfire night celebrations - we are offering up to 40% off selected lines, such as our new jackets and knitwear lines, which should help to give you a warm feeling
Words by Craig Ferriday and Craig Landale