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Northern Ireland business 'harassed for money by bonfire builders'

By Staff Reporter

A row has erupted between the owners of a controversial bonfire and an art gallery in east Belfast.

Framewerk, based on the upper Newtownards Road, is close to the Walkway bonfire.

The bonfire hit the headlines when it emerged that Belfast City Council had agreed to store pallets for it, and earlier this week, the bonfire was set alight.

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On its Facebook page, a Framewerk representative claimed to have been "verbally harassed for money by the bonfire builders" - a claim that was strongly denied.

"One of the gallery volunteers has got told to go back to her own country on their way down the greenway," they added.

"I saw a man pick a flyer from the ground, stick it to a bucket to pretend that he is collecting for a kid's party.

"I am refusing this intimidation."

However, someone posting on behalf of the bonfire group replied: "These claims are utter rubbish, this is nothing but a cheap shot to try and gain a bit of publicity.

"The only time that the bonfire has asked for money was the option of a small donation from businesses and people in the area to go towards the fun day for the children."

Despite the row, Framewerk's representative offered to meet with the bonfire builders face-to-face to resolve the issues.

As some of the comments from both sides have been unhelpful and in the spirit of trying to fix things I've taken the...

Posted by Framewerk on Thursday, July 6, 2017

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