McKevitt calls for greater responsibility towards Twelfth bonfires

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Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt has called on people preparing for the twelfth celebrations to be more safety-conscious.

Speaking to Newry Times, she said: “A temporary sign was put up on Glenvale Road, Newry encouraging people to dump wood for a bonfire. Unfortunately with strong winds last week it blew down, smashing a street light and scattering glass all over the road. The sign was made of heavy plywood which would have been hard to secure, and what would have happened if it had hit a car or a person doesn’t bear thinking about.”

McKevitt added, “That sign was dangerous. If young people are organising the bonfire they really should have adult supervision. We need people involved in this or any other cultural celebration to act responsibly and to show consideration for their neighbours, whether it be their physical safety or their feelings. That is the best way to encourage mutual respect for expressions of culture and harmonious community relations.”

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