Once popular until the late 1980s in Australia, Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night is rarely celebrated today. The event which falls on 5 November marks the failed gunpowder plot of Guy Fawkes and 12 conspirators who planned to blow up the UK Parliament in 1605. Bonfires continue to light up the night skies across the UK to commemorate this occasion in history.
Thanks to the City of Karratha, you don't have to make a trip to the UK. On 8 November, residents and visitors to Dampier will be able to mark the 409th anniversary of the fateful day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes was caught with 36 barrels of gunpowder under the House of Lords. Commencing at 5pm along Dampier Beach, you and your family can enjoy rides, games, a FREE spectacular fireworks display and rock the night away with live music from Shotdown.
The Guy Fawkes Night fireworks will also be accompanied by the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia's 'Light the Night' lantern walk. This unique fundraising event is characterised by hand-held lanterns of blue, white and gold and a mass walk at twilight to support the present-day victims and remember past sufferers. You may think that the Mid-Autumn Festival has visited Dampier. Monies raised goes to provide patient care and support research in hope that one day a cure can be found for everyone with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Photo courtesy of Leukaemia Foundation of Australia
Lanterns are $20 each and all proceeds are donated directly to the Leukaemia Foundation. They are available from Karratha Leisureplex, Wickham Recreation Centre, City of Karratha Administration building, Hampton Harbour Boat Club and the 'Light the Night' Marquee on the very night. Commencing at 7pm, the walk will start on the beach outside the Hampton Harbour Boat Club and end with the fireworks display around 8pm. Simply phone: 1800 500 088 for more details. If you can't attend the walk, spread the word by sharing this article around.