While everybody is having fun on Bonfire Night – with the notable exception of our pets – I wonder how many people actually stop to think about what we’re celebrating? That on 5th November 1605 a plot to blow up Parliament by Guy Fawkes and his accomplices was foiled … and only by luck, by all accounts. On 26th October, with plans well underway, Lord Monteagle, a Member of the House of Lords who was due to attend the opening of Parliament a few days later, received an anonymous letter warning him to stay away, and to “retyre youre self into yowre contee whence yow maye expect the event in safti for … they shall receive a terrible blowe this parleament”. To this day no-one knows who wrote the warning letter, which can be found in The National Archives.
In 1606 the “Observance of the 5th November Act” was passed, enforcing an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure. This Act was only repealed in 1859, and around this time the first reports appear of children begging for money with effigies of Guy Fawkes.
These days, of course, the history, while not entirely forgotten, plays second fiddle to what has become an enjoyable family night out, when everyone wraps up to watch spectacular firework displays, crowding around bonfires to keep warm and indulging in the primal desire we all share of gazing into the flames.
Bonfire Night is a very sociable occasion these days, and the organisers have cottoned onto the fact that it’s not only an opportunity to bring people together, but also an occasion to generate money. So in addition to the firework display you might find food stalls and bars where the kids can have a hot dog or a toffee apple and the adults can enjoy a beer (or two) … and given the circumstances (queues, hungry children and, more often than not, a biting cold wind) what better way to pay than using a K Ring? Quick, easy, job done! No scrabbling around for purses and wallets or discovering that you haven’t got enough change on you (so no disappointed children!) – and you don’t even have to take your gloves off to make a payment!
It’s somewhat ironic really: when Guy Fawkes hatched his plot, he surely had no idea that 414 years later it would bring whole communities together in a spirit of friendship and camaraderie, with little or no thought of the original intention. And he couldn’t possibly have imagined that members of those communities would be able to buy a pint of ale with a mere finger adornment … although thinking about it, people would have struggled to imagine such a thing 414 weeks ago!
Since Bonfire Night’s an event to be shared with friends or family, now’s probably a good time to mention our Refer a Friend scheme: K Ring customers get £15 each time a friend buys a K Ring using their unique Referral Code ... and their friend gets a 15% discount, too. If you haven’t received yours yet, email us at support@myKring.com and ask for your unique Referral Code.
Enjoy Bonfire Night! Have fun, be safe, and look after those pets! 😊
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