Published 06/07/2010 | 15:40
With reference to Belfast Anti-Toxic (Letters, July 3) re the Orange Order paying for the clean up of bonfires, it should be noted that the Orange Institution does not organise bonfires in Belfast.
These are organised by local communities and around the whole country as part of a tradition which dates back to the times when beacons were lit as a way of signalling messages, such as to announce the victory of King William at the Boyne.
As a youngster living in a mixed area of Belfast, prior to the Eleventh Night the Protestant and Roman Catholic children collected for the bonfire and prior to August 15 both sets of children again collected for bonfires to celebrate My Lady's Day. That occurred right up to 1968.
I believe that community bonfires are organised in conjunction with the local authorities, not the Orange Order.