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Newick Bonfire Night Celebrations
From: 2013.11.03 To: 2013.11.03
Bonfire is an understatement at Lewes. Semi-controlled wildfire is perhaps more accurate. Either way, it's the best place in England to celebrate this national holiday commemorating the day when the British parliament wasn't blown up, and the subsequent death of a Catholic terrorist named Guy Fawkes for planning to do it. What's ironic is that it's Lewes that always makes headlines for pyrotechnic craziness and not York, the hometown of Guy Fawkes. But since when did history make sense? Everything seems a bit foggy in Lewes, where the parades and bonfires fill the air with smoke, giving the narrow streets of the city a ghostly feel that just might take you back a few years. Possibly to the night that Guy and his fellow freedom fighters smuggled the gunpowder into a cellar at Westminster. Luckily, only the effigy will have the same fate. You know it's going to get rowdy when the event organizers post this kind of message "All persons should carefully note that attendance at Lewes Bonfire Night will constitute volenti non fit injuria, that is to say you will be deemed to have accepted any risk of injury or damage whatsoever, and no claim in respect thereof will lie against the organiser." You've been warned.