The south lights up!

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EAST Renfrewshire and the southside of Glasgow fairly lit up on Monday night.

Organised fireworks displays were dotted all over the various communities as big kids of all ages celebrated the downfall of Guy Fawkes and his gunpowder, treason and plot.

Passing through the southside was akin to negotiating your way through a war zone with explosions every few yards.

Councillor Vincent Waters tweeted that, as far as he knew, things went quietly throughout East Renfrewshire.

However Fire and Rescue had a busy night on the southside of the city when they were called out on several occasions due to unsafe fires in Shawbridge Street, Kenmuir Street, Mansionhouse Road, Netherplace, Sinclair Drive, Kirriemuir Avenue, Mosspark Drive, Hopeman Road, Kelhead Path, Parkmanor Avenue, Bankhall Street, Batson Street and Bucklaw Gardens.

In all, across the Strathclyde region, 792 calls were recorded, including 344 bonfires.

Assistant chief officer David Goodhew, director of operations for the fire service, said: “Strathclyde Fire and Rescue urged the public to choose organised events this year and I’m grateful to everyone who did just that.

“They helped protect their communities from fire.

“We have been working extremely closely with our partners in the local authorities and the police to ensure community safety.

“I am delighted with the response of the public, who alerte

But what do we know of the night? What was the story which got people burning effigies of this 17th century character?

Guy Fawkes was born in 1570 and, in 1591, he sold off his estate and travelled to Spain to fight on the Catholic side during the 80 Years War against the Dutch Republic and later on for France.

In 1604, Fawkes became involved with a small band of English Catholics planning to assassinate the Protestant king, James, and replace him with his daughter, Elizabeth, who was third in line for the throne.

The conspirators hatched a plan to kill both the king and the government by blowing up the Parliament House.

However, the plan was revealed to plotters trying to save Catholic lives by warning them not to show up at Parliament on November 5.

King James was told and he ordered a search of the cellars and Guy Fawkes was discovered.

Fawkes endured three days of torture before he gave up the other conspirators.

Guy Fawkes and the other conspirators were found guilty of high treason and executed.