The London Borough of Southwark has been criticised for renaming their Bonfire Night celebrations to a name with no connection to Guy Fawkes. The 5th November festivities will be known as “The Colour Thief: A Winter Extravaganza Celebrating the Change of the Seasons”.
The event came into existence in 1605 when Guy Fawkes and 11 fellow Catholics failed in a plot to assassinate King James I using gunpowder at the opening of parliament. Fawkes was hung, drawn and quartered for his part in the crime.
On the night of the failed plot, November 5th 1605, bonfires were set alight to celebrate the safety of the King. Nowadays the night is celebrated with fireworks and by burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on the fire.