Burning of Ballynahinch Twelfth Bonfire is an attack on community cohesion says Lewis.
Slieve Croob Ulster Unionist Cllr Alan Lewis has said the overnight burning of Ballynahinch bonfire was an attack on community cohesion, designed to create division and raise tension.
“ The Ballynahinch bonfire has been in place for generations, over this last number of years the community has worked with local council and other agencies to ensure a safe and enjoyable night for all, it is disappointing that there are those within society who seek to attack community cohesion and raise tension before the annual 11th celebrations”
“ Unfortunately there remains widespread misconceptions around 11th bonfires, traditionally they represent the beacons which were lit on the hills to welcome King William when he landed at Carrickfergus, they are very much part and parcel of orange cultural celebrations, they aren’t designed to intimidate or frighten anyone, we must continue to promote and educate those within society who fail to grasp our collective history”
“I’ve no doubt that the community will rise above this disappointing set back and the bonfire will be restored before the 11th night.”