By John Baldwin
Every year a number of my friends and myself, being of British heritage, celebrate Guy Fawkes night on the 5th of November. This involves making an effigy of Guy Fawkes (clothing stuffed with fall leaves), which is then placed at the top of huge bonfire and burnt. The event usually includes the setting off of fireworks lit in the glow of the fire, symbolic of the gunpowder planned to be set off under The House of Lords. This led to the night being called the Gunpowder Plot, amongst others.
Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in the United Kingdom. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London; and months later, the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.
On one of the occasions I had completed the Guy and decided that he would look pretty good driving an MG, hence the picture. He thus became “The MG Guy.” We did remove him from the car before setting fire to him!
I am a member of the Ottawa MG Club and my car is a 1978 MGB.