Give the Guy a penny - for charity

REMEMBER, remember the fifth of November; gunpowder, treason and plot.It is a familiar rhyme to marks the significance of bonfire night which is often forgotten as fireworks explode over head.

REMEMBER, remember the fifth of November; gunpowder, treason and plot.

It is a familiar rhyme to marks the significance of bonfire night which is often forgotten as fireworks explode over head.

The organisers of the annual firework display in Christchurch Park are trying to jog memories, however – and raise some money for charity in the process.

Therefore a Guy has been specially made by the Sealed Knot Society and now sits, in period dress, in Tower Ramparts.

It is hoped the effigy of Guy Fawkes, who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament with gunpowder, will raise hundreds of pounds for Ipswich Childrens Hospice from people giving a penny or more.

David Savidge, from 11th Ipswich Scout Group which is again organising the firework spectacular, which will be held in Christchurch Park on November 2, said: "Back in 1605 Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament with gunpowder and since then we've celebrated with firework displays around November 5.

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"It is one of the countries longest traditions and the display in Christchurch Park, although only 31 years old, can boast being one of the best in the country.

"Penny For The Guy has not been seen so much in the last few years and the very purpose of the November celebrations can be lost. The annual display in Tower Ramparts continues to be very popular and it goes back to the start of what Guy Fawkes is all about – a little bit of our history brought to life."

Advance tickets for the November 2 display in Christchurch Park are on sale now priced £4 for adults and £2.50 for five to 15-year-olds. Children under five get in free. Entrance on the day will £6 and £4 respectively.

Tickets are available from the following outlets:

The Evening Star offices, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich; Sainsbury's Stores in Ipswich; The Customer Services Kiosk, Tower Ramparts shopping centre, Ipswich; The Ad Centre, Solar Superstore, Felixstowe; Keith Avis, High Street Hadleigh, and their Buyright Superstore, Hadleigh; United News, Thoroughfare, Woodbridge; Tourist Information Offices at Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, St Stephen's Lane, Ipswich and Wilkes Way, Stowmarket; Ipswich Entertainment Box Office, Princes Street, Ipswich.

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