Some final bonfire porn from last night

Pitt Park – lower Newtownards Road – could be characterised by alcopops and the bonfire being set off fifteen minutes early … and then clambered over by the teenagers who had lit it.

The SDLP election poster for Magdalena Wolska joined the city’s Lord Mayor on the bonfire, along with a message for Neill [sic] Lennon.

The large bonfire in King George V Playing Fields was lit on time, but took light very fast, spoiling the anticipation and slow build-up (if that’s an asset in a bonfire). The top half burn fiercely sending a stream of sparks high up into the air that fell onto the crowd. People moved back quickly when some of the upper parts started to fall off as they burnt through.

The flags melted – but unlike three years ago, no one cheered. Numbers were down against my memory of three years ago. While many folk were carrying a few bottles in plastic bags, the atmosphere was still very good natured by the time I joined the flurry of folk leaving the park once the bonfire was well underway.

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  • HeinzGuderian

    Maybe you should have been over i The West,witnessing nationalist *culture* ??

  • Banjaxed

    Good ol’ Heinz, the blinkered, one-eyed troll steps up to the what-aboutery mark and gets poll position this time around.

    Perhaps if an Assistant Commissioner of the PSNI had apologised for the water in the water-cannon being too wet on the rioters of Broadway, Heinz might have had some real beef to raise his, quite obviously, heartfelt concerns over.

  • Any truth to the rumour that well built gentlemen (who obviously have had time to work out in the past) have been attending many bonfires and have been soliciting donations (respectfully of course) to the Loyalist Defence Fund, whatever that might be?

  • Nunoftheabove

    joeCanuck

    Needy cause, let there be no doubt. The defensive work’s never done. Tireless, they are. Philanthropy’s huge within the unemployable former long term Kesh inmate sectarian murderer sociopth class too, of course…. Still, healthy body healthy mind, right ?

  • joeCanuck, are you thinking of the well-built, going to fat, gentleman I saw in Newtownards waiting for his votes to be counted, or one of the others that grace the Sunday World?

  • davenewman,

    Not thinking of anyone. just repeating what i read on a minor blog, which reported it as a rumour and encouraged people to check out the facts for themselves. Hence my query.

  • Jack2

    For those of us who haven’t attended a bonfire we always suspected it was a celebration of hatred by the illiterate.

    The article confirms this.

  • galloglaigh

    Ah Protestant bigotry at its finest!

    Happy bigotfest people, they’ll never change!

  • streetlegal

    British Intelligence will now be filing reports to Downing Street that the situation in Belfast is running dangerously out of control. David Cameron must now be actively considering an army deployment with a view to crisis management for the rest of the summer.

  • galloglaigh

    streetlegal, that’s not what we want/need. That would take us all back 30 years. It’s OK bringing the army in. It’s the spooks that come along with them, and the stigma of their previous activities in Ireland that is destructive. The situation would be volatile and would more than likely erupt into conflict again.

    Brits (army) out!

  • Comrade Stalin

    Galloglaigh, I think “streetlegal” is having a bit of wishful thinking/fantasy of his own. Cameron is nothing to do with this, the police and the local administration have the powers and the resources to solve it – should they wish to.

  • augustiner hell

    Can’t resist Jack2 but you did set yourself up for it.You are probably quite correct, some of the characters involved should have paid a bit more attention in school. However if you want to bandy around labels like ‘illiterate’ then you need to make sure your own house is not made of glass. I didn’t have to scroll back very far at all in your posts to find a pearler. A look in a dictionary for ‘cue’ and ‘queue’ might help.