The bon­fire built by love

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

A COM­MU­NITY ral­lied round after van­dals set fire to a bon­fire in­tended for a char­ity fire­work dis­play.

Late on Fri­day even­ing, res­i­dents re­ported the blaze in King Ge­orge V’s Re­cre­ation Field and it looked like the fi­nale to this year’s Twyford & District Round Ta­ble fire­work dis­play would be can­celled.

How­ever, on Satur­day morn­ing res­i­dents have come to the res­cue and the end re­sult was a bon­fire that was big­ger and bet­ter than ever be­fore.

A steady stream of burn­able wood was brought to the field, in­clud­ing wood pal­lets from Bing­hams Brew­ery, tree trunks from Win­son Wood­craft Tree Surgery and of­fers of help from com­pa­nies such as Jew­sons the build­ing mer­chants.

A team from the Round Ta­ble were on site all day pre­par­ing the re­vamped bon­fire.

Round Ta­ble spokesper­son Joshua Greedy told The Wok­ing­ham Pa­per: “We’ve had an amaz­ing re­sponse. It’s look­ing like it will be a big­ger bon­fire than we’d ex­pected. It’s amaz­ing re­ally.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed that the bon­fire was set off, but we’ve nearly fin­ished the re­build­ing. Lots of peo­ple have been com­ing along with dona­tions and bring­ing us tea and cof­fee which has been great.

“It’s go­ing to be a huge dis­play and a great show.

“The event is bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether, it’s all about friend­ship.”

And in a mes­sage on so­cial me­dia, the group said: “Un­for­tu­nately some­one set light to the mag­nif­i­cent bon­fire we spent all day yes­ter­day build­ing.

“We are dis­ap­pointed this hap­pened and our thanks are to the fire bri­gade and the pub­lic that brought it to our at­ten­tion.

“We’re re­build­ing the bon­fire and thank the Twyford Com­mu­nity for their help and sup­port­ive mes­sages.

“This will be a great demon­stra­tion of how Twyford can come to­gether to sup­port each other.”

Chris Bing­ham, from Bing­hams Brew­ery, said: “It would have been a shame that thought­less peo­ple would have ru­ined it for ev­ery­one else.

“I don’t like the idea that peo­ple would have been dis­ap­pointed if they had turned up and there was no bon­fire.

“It was good to be able to help the Round Ta­ble to re­build it. I didn’t want Twyford be­ing dis­ap­pointed.”

And Clive Win­son from Win­son Wood­craft was equally pleased to help.

“I got a call late at night telling me that the bon­fire has been set alight and they [the Round Ta­ble] were strug­gling to get new ma­te­ri­als.

“I had the ma­te­ri­als in my yard that I could do­nate,” he said.

Clive took them round, in­clud­ing sev­eral pal­lets and tree trunks and en­joyed watch­ing his ef­forts go up in smoke, along with hun­dreds of other Twyford res­i­dents.

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