Godalming bonfire rebuilt after 'arson' attack

Mayor Tom Martin
Image caption Mayor Tom Martin said countless people turned out to rebuild the bonfire in time for the event

A bonfire set alight a week early in a suspected arson attack has been rebuilt after the community turned out to save its fireworks celebration.

Godalming Lions Club in Surrey took four months to collect wood and build the original bonfire but it burnt down last week.

Godalming mayor Tom Martin said "countless" residents helped to put the structure back together.

He said: "I can safely say that the bonfire has been saved."

The mayor said he arrived on Saturday morning to find five truckloads of pallets waiting to be delivered from various companies.

He added: "We will certainly be ready on time, thanks to the community who have been fantastic."

Last Saturday, emergency teams were called to the bonfire blaze at 20:20 BST. Surrey Police said officers were investigating the fire as a suspected arson.

Mr Martin said police had still not found who set the original bonfire alight.

Bonfire celebrations will start in Godalming at 19:00 GMT with a procession along the High Street before the bonfire and fireworks on the Lammas Lands.

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