Londonderry: Large Bogside bonfire blocking Lecky Road

The bonfire is blocking the bottom of the Lecky Road Image copyright Paul Nangle
Image caption The bonfire is blocking the bottom of the Lecky Road

A road in Londonderry is still partially blocked due to a bonfire being set up overnight.

The bonfire, which is about 20ft (6m) high, has been built near the bottom of the Lecky Road flyover in the city.

Both Sinn Feín and DUP election posters were placed on it on Monday evening.

Police have advised motorists to consider alternative routes to the Bogside, other than the Lecky or Brandywell Roads.

Bonfires are traditionally set alight on 15 August in some nationalist areas of Derry to mark the Assumption.

Image caption The bonfire is made up of wooden pallets and rubber tyres

The Catholic feast commemorates the Virgin Mary's death and assumption into heaven.

In recent years, efforts have been made to replace the bonfire tradition with family fun days and live music.

Image copyright Michela Rocchi
Image caption Masked youths have been adding flags and other material to the bonfire

On Friday, police supervised the removal of bonfire material from Meenan Square.

Sinn Feín councillor Patricia Logue said the majority of Bogside residents were not in favour of the bonfire.

"This will cause a lot of disruption for local people and motorists, it's not the best place for this bonfire," she said.

"Someone could get hurt. Obviously, parents have a role to play in any young person's life, so they do have a judgement call to make.

"There's more work to be done, but there is excellent work ongoing by the community leaders in the Bogside and Brandywell area."

Image caption The bonfire is blocking part of the Lecky Road in Derry

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