Gibbons welcomes beacons for Rostrevor and Hilltown

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Monday, October 28th, 2013
Sinn Féin representative Mark Gibbons has welcomed the arrival of two bonfire beacons for Rostrevor and Hilltown.

Sinn Fein’s Mark Gibbons

Speaking about the beacons Gibbons said, “I want to take this opportunity to once again thank Peace III and Groundworks NI for supplying Hilltown and Rostrevor with bonfire beacons. “I made representations last year in my role as a member of the Newry & Mourne PCSP to Peace III and Groundworks NI to have the very first bonfire beacons in Rostrevor and Hilltown respectively, and ever since then I have to say that both organisations have done their up most to help in any way possible regarding supply and demand. “Each Bonfire Beacon design is a reusable, two-part steel structure, reaching five metres in height and is pre-filled with carbon neutral willow wood. “While most residents in Rostrevor can remember when there was nearly a bonfire in every estate, over the last five years Groundwork has been delivering a more environmentally and family friendly alternative, and it also takes away a lot of the antisocial elements of the bonfires of old. “I would like to personally thank Gavin Keown from Groundworks for being very accommodating on beacon placement within the village and I hope to work with Gavin and his team for years to come. Gibbons added, “The bonfire beacon in Rostrevor will be part of a whole host of fun Pumpkinfest events at the Kilbroney Centre, that has once again been organised by the excellent Kilbroney Community association and their hard working sub-committee, Kilbroney Community Youth. “So I would ask everyone in the village to come up to the Kilbroney Centre on Halloween night and enjoy the fun filled activities.”
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