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Remnants of relocated Belfast bonfire set alight at Ashdale Street

Firefighters extinguish the remainder of the Ashdale Street bonfire in east Belfast at 3am. (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Firefighters extinguish the remainder of the Ashdale Street bonfire in east Belfast at 3am. (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Firefighters extinguish the remainder of the Ashdale Street bonfire in east Belfast at 3am. (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Firefighters extinguish the remainder of the Ashdale Street bonfire in east Belfast at 3am. (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Firefighters extinguish the remainder of the Ashdale Street bonfire in east Belfast at 3am. (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Firefighters extinguish the remainder of the Ashdale Street bonfire in east Belfast at 3am. (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Firefighters extinguish the remainder of the Ashdale Street bonfire in east Belfast at 3am. (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Firefighters extinguish the remainder of the Ashdale Street bonfire in east Belfast at 3am. (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Loyalists make their feelings known at the Avoniel bonfire in east Belfast
Loyalists make their feelings known at the Avoniel bonfire in east Belfast
Loyalists make their feelings known at the Avoniel bonfire in east Belfast
Loyalists make their feelings known at the Avoniel bonfire in east Belfast
Activist Jamie Bryson

The remnants of a Belfast bonfire which was relocated have been set alight.

The bonfire built at Ashdale Street was relocated by its builders voluntarily to the King George Playing Fields after Belfast council raised safety concerns.

Overnight the small amount of material which remained at the Ashdale Street was set alight. The Fire Service attended the scene.

Meanwhile, a protest was staged at the Avoniel Leisure Centre bonfire site on Tuesday night. Those that attended staged a human shield saying the structure was "going nowhere" after the council reaffirmed its decision to remove the material from its site.

A crowd of around 400 gathered at the barricaded gates of the leisure centre where Robert Girvin of the East Belfast Cultural Collective, which represents bonfire builders, said the Avoniel pyre would be lit.

"This bonfire is going nowhere and is being lit. I give you a guarantee that there will be a bonfire here on the Eleventh. We will be there to celebrate our culture, not defend it," he added.

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