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The show will go on - Donnington bonfire is rebuilt ready for fireworks

One of Telford's biggest community bonfire and fireworks nights will light up to skies on Saturday, despite arsonists' setting fire to the bonfire a week early.

The pallets for the Donnington bonfire were set alight a week before the event. Photo: Cathy Leek
The pallets for the Donnington bonfire were set alight a week before the event. Photo: Cathy Leek

The mound of pallets that had been piled up ready for the Donnington event were destroyed in the arson attack on November 5. Firefighters attended but decided the safest option was to let the blaze burn out.

Organiser Mark Mitchell, whose family have run the event for 45 years, said there had been a great community response to seeing the bonfire rebuilt.

Local companies supplied pallets and delivered them to the site to ensure the night could still go ahead.

Alf Mitchell overseeing the rebuild of the Donnington bonfire

Thousands of people normally attend the event, which also includes a fun fair with around 20 rides, attractions and inflatables.

The fun starts at 4pm on Saturday.

Mr Mitchell said: "The Mitchell family would like to thank everybody for their kind words and support, also for the offers of wooden pallets to help rebuild Shropshire's biggest bonfire and firework display,"

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