Saving the bonfire became a huge community project as well.
Throughout the morning lorries, trucks and cars arrived at the site piled with wood as Islanders rallied to the call to save the annual fireworks party.More than 2,000 revellers are expected to descend on the field opposite the parish school tonight for the charity event.Organiser Jimmy Perchard said: ‘The show must go on.
We are still going to have a substantial bonfire.’A policeman driving through St Martin spotted the blaze just after midnight last night and raised the alarm.
Arsonists had set light to the towering pile of wood piled up yesterday and coated with a thick layer of dry kindling wood.
Firefighters with one pump and a water-carrier arrived just after 12.30 am and spent just over two and a half hours putting out the flames.