Community to rebuild charity bonfire after vandals burn it down

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 October 2011

Steve Hughes pub landlord and Jacqui Lovering from CLIC sargent, next to bonfire that was set alight by vandals, The  Catherines Inn, Bleadon

Steve Hughes pub landlord and Jacqui Lovering from CLIC sargent, next to bonfire that was set alight by vandals, The Catherines Inn, Bleadon

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A NORTH Somerset community has vowed to rebuild a bonfire after vandals set it alight only days before a charity event.

Villagers in Bleadon had put together the huge fire in a field next to the Catherines Inn ahead of the bonfire and firework display in aid of children’s charity Clic Sargent on November 4.

But the fire was set alight on the evening of October 17, meaning organisers have had to send out an appeal to get the bonfire rebuilt in time for the event.

Nigel Turff, relief manager of the pub, said: “We were just clearing the last tables at around 10.45pm when someone said the bonfire was on fire, and sure enough it had completely gone up in flames.

“We’ve had a lot of goodwill gestures from members of the community and we’re hopeful it will be ready for November 4.”

Jacqui Lovering, a fundraiser from Clic Sargent, said: “It is such a shame as it was probably children who set it alight, and it will be children who benefit from the event.”

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