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Bridgwater Readies Its Squibs

By Linda Tancs

A carnival atmosphere returns to Bridgwater in Somerset, England tomorrow night for the annual Guy Fawkes Carnvial. Guy Fawkes was a Catholic co-conspirator who attempted to blow up Parliament in 1605. The foiled plot is celebrated every 5 November with fireworks and bonfires. As early as the 1700s according to historical records, Bridgwater has fervently commemorated the event with a nighttime carnival on the Friday following Guy Fawkes Day. The festivities include the parading of squibs (mounted fireworks) in the High Street. Check out the Spirit of Carnival statue unveiled in 2005 at the spot where it all began over 400 years ago.

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  Discover Unearthed wrote @

A great (and under-reported!) event this. Fond memories from my childhood…


  Linda Tancs wrote @

Glad you enjoyed it!!


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