excerpt from 'Untitled: Walter J.E. Elliott memoir' pp. 38; 40 (218 words)

excerpt from 'Untitled: Walter J.E. Elliott memoir' pp. 38; 40 (218 words)

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Untitled: Walter J.E. Elliott memoir

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[M]y thoughts turned to November the fifth, Bonfire night. Practically all of the villagers turned out to witness the Celebrations […] Stephen Gillham—Fred’s father-- had been having the band practising for weeks, all of its members wore costumes, Levi Cheal—Frank’s father—played the big bass instrument which hung round his body, he was dressed as a Scotchman with kilt and being six feet tall made a fine looking figure. The torch light procession, headed by the band paraded round about the village calling at the big houses to play a few selections, not forgetting Elliott’s shop [the family business], at each stop repeating the old Rhyme:

Remember remember the fifth of November the gunpowder treason and plot

I know no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot

Guy Fawkes guy 'twas his intent to blow up the King and Parliment [sic] 

Four score barrels of powder below to prove old Englands overthrow

By Gods providence he got catched with a dark lantern and a light match

Holler boys holler make the bells ring burn the Pope and God save the King

Hip, hip, hip, hooray. 

 

When the procession returned, its numbers doubled, the band played its final items in front of the Wheatsheaf then the Rhyme was repeated for the last time. 

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