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Praise for Windyhall as bonfire replaced by beacon

Maurice Bradley MLA, and PUP Councillor Russell Watton have praised Community Leaders in Windyhall for their foresight in replacing the 11th night bonfire with a beacon.

In a joint statement they said,

“Positive talks have been on-going throughout the year and the dangers of carcinogenic fumes from burning tyres, they agreed to explore other options.

“Following talks with a beacon was decided as a trial and so far, it has received warm support throughout the area.

“Bonfires have become a bone of contention in local communities, getting ever bigger and still containing tyres.

“A smaller more controlled bonfire in the form of a beacon gives the community a better chance for everyone to attend and celebrate the 12th July.

“Perhaps other areas in Coleraine will follow the lead set by Windyhall bonfire committee and investigate options other than a massive bonfire. They last thing we want to do is poision or cause illness within our own community.”

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