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Bonfire Night! I’ve posted before the Bonfire Nights in Sussex are staggered, every one marches in everyone else’s parade and the celebrations are huge affairs that stretch on from September to December.

But everyone defers to Lewes (pictured above) and theirs is on November 5 proper. It is by far the biggest, even though they close the roads and stop the trains and beg outsiders not to come. The town had 17 Protestant Martyrs under Bloody Mary and they’re still sore about it.

Hence the 17 burning crosses. And Lewes is the only one that still burns the Pope as their Guy.

I heard a rumor Lewes is not burning the Pope this year out of sensitivity. I don’t want it to be true, so I didn’t do any research at all for this. Bonfire Nights are a time of lawlessness, rough manners and excess and I won’t have it any other way.

Good weekend, folks!


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: November 5, 2021, 7:27 pm

Titled “Lewes Bonfire: Britain’s most dangerous Guy Fawkes celebration,” it’s just a taste of Olde Blighty a mere two years ago…


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: November 5, 2021, 11:18 pm

Oh what an interesting post Ms. Weasel, leading to further exploration of English history. And there is so much of it to explore. I will be up all night. Thank you.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: November 6, 2021, 3:29 am

Bonfire night?
We call that “Portland after dark” here in the former colonies.

Remember remember the 5th of November!
Come back Guy Fawkes, all is forgiven

Comment from BJM
Time: November 6, 2021, 4:30 am

WTF? A woke Bonfire Night in Lewes? Shirley, you jest.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: November 7, 2021, 2:14 am

In Another unexpected twist of English history. Charles Spencer is a rather good writer. His book “The White Ship” is quite good.

@Skandia…may I suggest “Black Diamonds” by Catherine Bailey, it’s a fascinating read.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: November 7, 2021, 11:53 pm

I see Guy has let us all down, AGAIN.

As the old Red Sox fans used to say before the stupid Bambino curse died…”Wait till next year!”

(Shakes cane and remembers he meant to yell “Get off my lawn!)

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