Giant Guy set for a towering inferno
REMEMBER, Remember... to make a REALLY big Guy for Bonfire Night!
The children of Beechwood Primary School were given the serious task of making this year's Guy Fawkes effigy.
The giant figure, which dwarfs some of its young creators, will sit atop the gigantic pyre on the Hoe for the annual November 5 celebrations.
Thousands of people are expected to mass on the Hoe for the explosive fireworks event, which commemorates the famously unsuccessful Gunpowder plot of 1605.
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Each year, across the country, people mark the day when Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament, murder King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne.
Lisa Reburn, headteacher at Southway-based Beechwood Primary School, said the children were "very excited" to have been chosen by organisers to build the huge Guy Fawkes effigy.
Artistic youngsters at the Rockfield Avenue school have spent the last few weeks both building the Guy and learning about the history of the tradition.
"The whole of Key Stage 2 have helped with the creation of our Guy," Ms Reburn said.
"Year 3 painted the hands, Year 4 the head and hat, Year 5 the boots and Year 6 stuffed the trousers and shirt with newspaper."
She added: "We are almost sad to see him burn now, but know that the thrill of the event on the Hoe will make it all worthwhile.
"We are hoping that lots of our families from Beechwood and Oakwood schools will come along and watch the spectacle."
The countdown to the pyrotechnic action will get underway at 6pm next Monday, November 5.
There will be a host of live entertainment on a stage positioned on the Hoe promenade.
The Bonfire itself will be lit at 7.30pm, with Beechwood Primary Schools' Guy placed at the very top.
The fireworks will be launched at 8pm and will be set to a dramatic musical soundtrack.
In addition, Smeaton's Tower, the Royal Citadel and the Royal Naval War Memorial will again be "colourwashed" with coloured floodlighting to complement the glow of the bonfire.
There will also be fairground rides and food stalls available all evening.