Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Orange Order: don't burn tyres on bonfires

Ballycraigy bonfire in Antrim 2013
Ballycraigy bonfire in Antrim 2013
Election posters of Alliance MLA Anna Lo and Sinn Fein's MEP Martina Anderson were placed on a bonfire in the Bloomfield estate in Bangor
Election posters of Alliance MLA Anna Lo and Sinn Fein's MEP Martina Anderson were placed on a bonfire in the Bloomfield estate in Bangor
Ballyduff bonfire in Newtownabbey July 2014
Ballyduff bonfire in Newtownabbey July 2014

The Orange Order has urged loyalists not to burn tyres on Eleventh night bonfires – although it made no mention of flags, posters or sectarian effigies.

The Order said tyres were an environmental and health hazard and bonfires should be welcoming to families.

"While the Grand Lodge or the Orange Institution does not organise bonfires, we are conscious that there are genuine health and environmental concerns about the burning of tyres on bonfires, and we would encourage those involved in bonfires not to accept tyres," it added.

There was controversy this week after posters of Alliance MLA Anna Lo and Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson were placed on bonfires.

However, one senior Orangeman has said he deplored the burning of effigies of the Pope or Irish flags. "I don't think that effigies of anyone should be put on bonfires to be burned," said deputy grand master Alistair Smyth.

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