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A PENNY FOR THE GUY

05-12-19

Birchy Hill picked up an old tradition that their residents remember from their childhood – ‘A Penny for the Guy’.

This tradition was where children fill old clothes with straw to make an effigy of Guy Fawkes and wheel the Guy around for days leading up to Bonfire Night on 5th November.

The effigy would go up in flames on top of the bonfire. “Penny for the Guy” is the idea that children in Britain collect money to buy fireworks for Guy Fawkes night.

Many of the residents remembered how it was when they were children wheeling their own Guy through the streets. It started a lot of conversations at Birchy Hill.

By the way, the ‘pennies’ we collected was not used to buy fireworks, we will donate it to the Charity ‘Children in Need’.

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