RAF MILDENHALL, England — Take part in a 400-year-old British tradition this weekend with the celebration of Guy Fawkes Day, also known as Bonfire Night, at several sites near the Mildenhall and Lakenheath air bases.

In 1605, Fawkes was found to be part of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London using kegs of gunpowder. Today, areas all around Britain celebrate with bonfires, fireworks and the burning of effigies.

On Friday, the town of Lakenheath has a fireworks display at the football club on Back Street. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., tickets at the gate are 4.50 pounds for adults and 3.50 pounds for children. Funds raised at the event go to local charities.

A larger fireworks display is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday in Cambridge at the Midsummer Common. For further information visit, and click on “Fireworks” on the home page.

Saturday events include Spark in the Park in Norwich at Earlham Park and Explosive Rock at the Christchurch Park in Ipswich. For more information on these two events, see and click on “Sparks in the Park”; or

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