Sheffield community helps bonfire rise from the ashes

Craig Hurst, Dave Bowkett, Tracy and Mark Oakes, son Charlie Oakes, and landlady Marina Cam, in front of the new bonfire at Wadsley Bridge Working Men's Club
Craig Hurst, Dave Bowkett, Tracy and Mark Oakes, son Charlie Oakes, and landlady Marina Cam, in front of the new bonfire at Wadsley Bridge Working Men's Club
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Caring residents have pulled together to ensure a community bonfire goes ahead after initial event plans went up in smoke.

Members of the Wadsley Bridge Working Men’s Club had spent weeks gathering wood for a Bonfire Night celebration set for Friday, November 7.

Charlie Oakes, aged nine, adds a piece of timber to the new bonfire at Wadsley Bridge Working Men's Club

Charlie Oakes, aged nine, adds a piece of timber to the new bonfire at Wadsley Bridge Working Men's Club

But the group’s efforts were reduced to a pile of ash when arsonists set it alight ahead of the event.

Determined not to let the vandals extinguish their plans, club members put out an appeal on Facebook for scrap wood donations, and were overwhelmed with the response.

Concert secretary of Wadsley Bridge Working Men’s Club, Mark Oakes, said: “We’ve had our fair share of bad luck with a few people trying to ruin things for everyone else but we won’t let that happen.

“As the message spread loads of people turned up with wood, which we were so grateful for.

“The bonfire is now bigger and better than before and volunteers are patrolling the site 24/7.

“We are always looking for more members to help us organise events like this.”

The community bonfire will take place from 5.30pm on Friday at the Working Men’s Club on Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge, Sheffield.

Anyone interested in becoming a club member should call 07585 634499.