a GUY FAWKES mask as a free gift. It looks like the artwork of TOM
KERR to me, but regardless, I remember rushing over to the newsagent's
across the road from my house to buy it, the minute the shop opened in
the early hours of that Autumn morning a whopping 47 years ago. (The
comic bears the date of November 1st, but British comics were trad-
itionally dated a week ahead to give them a longer shelf-life.)
covered by this issue coming out in advance of the two occasions.
I wonder if the mask was used by 'guisers' on October 31st, and then
'recycled' for use on their 'guys' on November 5th? If so, quite a few
of them probably perished on top of a bonfire in parks and gardens
the length and breadth of the U.K. It's a wonder any survived.
it was most likely the very last time I went out 'guising' (or 'trick
or treating' as they call it now), but I didn't wear this mask and have
no solid recollection of what I actually dressed up as that particular
year. However, one glance at the above cardboard mask brings
back the sights, sounds and scents of that Autumn evening in
my old neighbourhood, so very long ago.
Makes me wish that I was ten years old again. Did anyone
else have this W&C mask? What are your memories of this
day in 1969? (Or any childhood Hallowe'en night if you don't
go back that far.) Spill all in the comments section.