We all know the nursery rhyme, "remember remember the 5th of November gunpowder treason and plot." 413 years later children are still learning this rhyme, and the many people  go to watch fireworks, use sparklers, and get warm round a fire all to remember the infamous Guy Fawkes and his failed gunpowder plan.

But why celebrate an event which happened so long ago?

On November 5th Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament. He didn’t succeed and was caught and hanged, and Parliament remains and continues to house our government.

For many people though, bonfire night is not just about history. It is also more than just watching a dummy burn on a fire or seeing amazing displays of fireworks exploding. It’s not about eating Parkin cake, or waving sparklers so you make a bright light leaving lines behind them when twirled. It's a time to get together with friends, family or the local community.

The biggest display is in Kent, in Edenbridge, where they have the largest fireworks display and a 30ft guy.

In Ottery St Mary men will carry a flaming barrel around the town passing it from man to man until it burns out.

Bonfire night is to celebrate a time where nothing happened, but in a way the celebrations make things happen. They bring people together and entertain them. They can bring happiness and warmth into friendships.