Bonfire burned down early by vandals

BURNED: Fire fighters look through the remains of the bonfire on Gadle Braes after it was vandalised

BURNED: Fire fighters look through the remains of the bonfire on Gadle Braes after it was vandalised

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A 45ft tall bonfire built at Peterhead’s Gadle Braes has been burned to the ground by vandals.

The bonfire should have officially been lit on the evening of Monday, November 5 but instead vandals put ut up in flames in the early hours of Thursday.

PREPARATION: The 45ft tall bonfire which is situated at Gadle Braes

PREPARATION: The 45ft tall bonfire which is situated at Gadle Braes

Grampian Fire and Rescue were called out to the scene at around 2am to extinguish the fire and remained there throughout the morning to keep the area safe for the public.

The bonfire and the surrounding area was cordoned off with fire tape while firefighters cleared the ash and remaining pieces of wood not affected by the fire.

Grampian Fire and Rescue Crew Manager Graeme Hawkins was on the scene and said: “It is disappointing to see something the community came together to make be destroyed by mindless vandals.”

A co-organiser of the bonfire, Marco Alexander, said: “It is a disgrace. We finished it off last night with a Scotland flag on the top.

“I don’t understand why someone would do this, it is made by the community for the kids and it has been here for years. This has never happened before.

Marco added: “I’m gutted. A lot of work has gone into organising this and it was the biggest one we have made yet. Hopefully we can rebuild it. We will try our hardest.”