Remember, Remember the Fifth of November
Nowadays Bonfire Night, as many prefer to call it, has all but lost its original focus but in the Old Hamlet of Llanmartin, the old rhyme of "REMEMBER, remember the Fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot," was again celebrated as residents were reminded that this was the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 which proved a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London.
Children were asked what was the first name of the guy who sat by the entrance gate. It was Captain Mannering and sparked some great inventive ideas with the prize eventually being won by Molly Coles-Brunt who said George
With November 11 th approaching adults were asked. ‘On 14 May 1940 the government broadcast a message asking for volunteers for the home guard within the first month. How many men volunteered? There was a first prize of a bottle of whiskey and a bottle of wine for the runner up for the nearest answer which was 750,000 Richard Rayment was nearest with his daughter Mandy with the next best guess.
The damp wet weather made the lighting of the bonfire far from easy but it did not dampen the enjoyment of those present. There were free firework mallows on sticks and hot chestnuts and there was a brisk trade in burgers and hot dogs. Pam, Sue and Richard made a fantastic contribution to the cooking and Sarah spent 2 hours in the afternoon pre cooking 7 kilos of onions! Mark and Brenda Robotham were responsible for the fireworks and Tony and Jacqui Ford for the guy and competitions with David Price giving every encouragement he could to the fire which was so wet from days of torrential rain.
Like so many local events the children were able to watch a dazzling firework display in a relaxed atmosphere which was free from the constraints of large displays. Under supervision from parents sparklers glittered in the darkness and produced as many enthralled happy faces as the cascading pyrotechnics overhead. Like so many other local displays there was a conscious decision to choose less bangs and explosions this year to cause less stress to animals but the enjoyment level remained just as high. There was a bucket collection towards costs and from the amount collected it was obvious that those present voted it a great success.