After vandals burned the wood reserved for a bonfire event taking place Nov. 2 in Godalming, Surrey, England, a local storage facility and other community members are coming forward to replenish the supply and save the day. Laura Leah Price, office administrator of Kelly’s Self Storage, has agreed to donate all of the facility’s broken pallets and spare wood to the annual town bonfire and fireworks display, sponsored by the Godalming & Villages Lions Club.
The vandals destroyed the fire preparations last Saturday. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said an engine from Godalming fire station attended the blaze, which took a couple of hours to extinguish. Godalming Mayor Tom Martin made the announcement on his Facebook page on Sunday, saying he was “sad and disgusted” that someone would ruin the club’s hard work.
"I am shocked and disappointed. It is very sad that some people will do what they have done and burn it down,” Martin told the source. “The Godalming Bonfire is a staple event in the diary. It has been going for many, many years, and it is very well-attended."
Martin made an appeal on Facebook to get local people to rebuild the bonfire in time for Saturday, organizing deliveries of wood by region. He said he believes this will be the best bonfire the town has had in several years.
Donations for the event, which includes a torch-lit procession, also starting pouring in after Eagle Radio reported on the vandalism.
The bonfire and fireworks will be on The Lammas Lands behind The United Church on Bridge Road. Gates to the field will be open to the general public at 6.30 p.m. The procession will leave The Pepperpot on High Street at 7 p.m.
Established more than 75 years ago, Kelly’s Self Storage offers mobile-storage services in Birmingham, Bristol, East London, Guildford, Manchester, Southampton and St. Albans.