“Sorry love, we don’t have any car parking”: A story about a Yorkshire themed Bonfire Night tradition

For lots of people in the UK, Bonfire Night is spent going to firework displays, playing with sparklers, and watching crowds of people film the aforementioned things for reasons I’m not quite sure of. For lots of people in Yorkshire, Bonfire Night is spent eating parkin, a sticky ginger cake type thing that’s traditionally enjoyed on 5th November with a brew in cleaner cut pieces than the one I’ve done below:

A couple of years ago, when I was living in Nottingham, I casually mentioned this very cake to my 4 work pals in a conversation about our upcoming Bonfire Night plans and was met with 4 very blank faces, so I decided to go out and buy some for them all to try. After trying the main supermarkets with no success and more blank faces, I decided to try Marks & Spencer because it started in Leeds so I deduced they absolutely would have some. After searching the shelves I asked someone who worked there if they had any, to which they replied “Sorry, love, we don’t have any car parking” so I knew it was bloody hopeless.

Anyway, there you go, that’s my exciting Northern themed Bonfire Night story. I hope I’ve inspired you to try some parkin tonight, but please make sure you’re in the right county to buy some. Otherwise you’ll end up like I did, with no cake and a very confused shop employee wondering why you’re looking for somewhere to put your car in a completely pedestrianised city centre x

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