A picturesque scene in the leafy suburbs of south Belfast. But this stretch of the River Lagan can no longer be called a beauty spot.
It's now one of the biggest eye sores in the entire city.
A growing mountain of rubbish and debris has appeared along the Annadale Embankment on land owned by Belfast City Council. On closer inspection this dump is in fact a bonfire site. It's still eight weeks to the Eleventh Night but the bonfire-makers began work here in February.
The council would push it up and bulldoze it into the middle for
Meet the bonfire builders: Graham Rankin and David Patterson. This is their domain. For them the importance of celebrating the Twelfth of July cannot be overstated. And the Eleventh Night is a vital part of it all.
It is one of the most important days of the year, particularly for being a Protestant. It's part of our tradition. The day will start off hopefully with activities for the children. Small, bouncy castles, things for the kids and then, during the day, it will be more cultural things for people. Try to get a bagpipe and a Lambeg drummer and teach the kids that there is more to the bonfire - there's the culture behind it all.
...and why we do this.
Around the city of Belfast there is evidence that Eleventh Night bonfires are being built earlier and bigger than ever before.
I don't know if you have ever celebrated an Eleventh Night. It's
not over at 1 o'clock. No. It sort of goes right through into the
Twelfth. I mean there's many people you watch when you are going
to watch a parade or whatever on the Twelfth and they've still not
been home from the night before. So I mean if the bonfire is starting
to burn out about six o'clock in the morning, then that's a reasonable
sized bonfire. We don't want a wee squally bonfire that's going
to burn out in two hours.
For generations, people young and old have collected material for bonfires.
Building them remains a rite of passage for many in the Protestant
community, as well as a statement of identity.
Why is it important for you to have a bonfire?
Important? It's important to me to have a bonfire because I am Protestant and because of my culture. I have done it from I was about ten years of age. It has always been a part of life for me to do this here. I don't see that I am doing any harm at all. We are only here to have a bonfire. I did it. My dad done it. My grand-dad done it. It's just a part of our culture.
(Extract from BBC's Spotlight programme 18/05/2004)