Not just any old bonfire this one was 40ft high & 25ft across.
"just before mid-day three men were hauling barrels of hot pitch to pour over it when the whole structure collapsed. George Williams who was 32 was trapped under a beam. George Owen dragged him out but he died in the ambulance that was taking him to hospital just as it passed his house.His widow, Hannah, gave birth to a daughter, georgina 5 weeks later. A memorial Stone to him was erected in the churchyard by subscription from the people from the village. George Owen was later awarded the Humane Society life saving medal, for his act of courage.....because of the tragedy the celebrations were cancelled. The material was burned off during the day and although it was well into the field the heat was such that it blistered the paint on the houses in Mill Terrace" taken from Fir-Bob Land by Allan Alsbury.
The book contains a picture of the huge bonfire.
Edited by OxtonHill (11th Oct 2011 5:09pm)