"Penny for the guy?"
Penny for the guy
Creative Commons AttributionPenny for the guy - Credit: Paddy Patterson
There used to be a time when every high street corner in working class areas of Britain (especially in the North) would have a couple of kids standing with an old pram, pushchair or wheelbarrow that held a dummy (the 'guy') made of old clothes and stuffed with old newspapers or straw, usually with an old football for a head. The dummy represented Guy Fawkes, one of the leaders of the Gunpowder Plot, and the tradition was to give the kids a penny or two for their work on the guy, which they would generally spend on fireworks.