“Remember, remember the 5th November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
There is no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot.”
The tradition of lighting bonfires is well over 400 years old. King James 1st of England and, (as Mr Kennedy reminded us) of Scotland, decreed that all over the British Isles bonfires should be lit on 5th November to remind the people that he and whole of Parliament at Westminster were nearly blown up in 1605.