Guy Fawkes Night is a celebration held on November 5th here in England. Basically to sum it all up...Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives that had been placed placed beneath the House of Lords, in an attempt to kill the King. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London. Months later, it was stated that the 5th November would become an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's failure. Here is a link with further detail on the history of Guy Fawkes Night, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes_Night
Mandy and I decided to go to the Fireworks celebration that was being held in Richmond. There was a carnival with games and rides, lots of food and drink and TONS of people. At about 7:00, the Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Clare Head, came out to start the countdown to the bonfire and firework display. My favorite part of her opening speech was when she informed us that Heathrow airport had no arriving or departing flights from 7-7:45 due to the fireworks in Richmond!! (That's how low the planes are flying when they pass over us!) The firework display was set to the music of Queen and was FABULOUS!!! One thing the Brits know how to do right, is throw a party!!! Hoping the video of the finale loads to the webpage so you can get a glimpse of the show!!