effigy of one of York's most famous, or should that be infamous,
sons is burned on bonfires throughout the country every year on
Fawkes, who was born and raised in York, was one of the central
figures in the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November
there's one place in York that has put a ban on burning guys.
was a former pupil of St Peters School in York. It has become one
of the school's traditions not to have a guy.
historian Hugh Murray, himself a former St Peters pupil, says this
'tradition' is a relatively recent change.
the time I was at St Peters, just after the war, guys weren't burned
because the headmaster, John Dronfield, had decreed that we should
not burn effigies of old boys."
before Mr Dronfield arrived at the school in 1937, guys were part
of the school's Bonfire night celebrations.
used to have a very large fire on Clifton Green which the school
provided," says Hugh Murray.
were certainly burnt on the bonfire at that time.
year, presumably before the war, an effigy of Mrs Pankhurst was
burnt on the school bonfire."
Murray believes that the very honourable decision taken by the headmaster,
not to burn effigies of former pupils, was actually taken to gain
think he was trying to gain control of the discipline of the school.
He didn't want these outlandish practices where people danced round
he invented this splendid excuse, it sounds dreadfully logical that
we shouldn't burn effigies of old boys."