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Around 2,000 people turned out to watch a giant replica of Buckingham Palace go up in flames.
Retired scrap metal worker Eddie Heath spent 5 months creating the masterpiece for a charity bonfire evening. The event raised more than £11,000 for Staffordshire Air Ambulance. Balvinder Sidhu reports
Around 2,000 people turned up to watch a replica of Buckingham Palace go up in flames.
The man who constructed the build, retired scrap metal worker, Eddie Heath spent 5 months creating the masterpiece for a charity bonfire evening.
Over £11,000 was raised for Staffordshire Air Ambulance during the evening.
Eddie Heath, from Dilhorne in Staffordshire, built the Buckingham Palace replica from a thousand wooden pallets donated by local companies.
In the past, he's built models of Big Ben, the Tower of London and the White House, but will now hang up his hammer.
Friends and families enjoy the bonfire of a 23-feet high model of Buckingham Palace.
A 23-feet high model of Buckingham Palace has gone up in smoke as part of a charity bonfire.
Eddie Heath, from Dilhorne in Staffordshire, build the replica from a thousand wooden pallets donated by local companies.
In the past, he's built models of Big Ben, the Tower of London and the White House.
A retired scrap metal worker, from Staffordshire, is going to be putting Buckingham Palace on a bonfire all in the name of charity.
It took Eddie Heath, 63, took four months to make the replica from more than 1,000 wooden pallets donated by local companies.
The palace stands at 23 feet high and 90 feet wide. Eddie has built dozens of landmark bonfires since 1992 each time raising money for charity.
Eddie said; "It just seemed fitting to choose Buckingham Palace in a year when we've had so much to be proud of in Britain."
Eddie wrote to the Queen seeking permission to burn the replica palace, he received a letter back with her best wishes.
Each year Eddie has built a work of art for a bonfire, hundreds of people from the local community and further afield have attended the events at his local pub The Royal Oak, which this year includes fireworks, food and live music.
The bonfire will be held at the pub on Sunday from 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 and are available from the pub or on the night. Eddie says he won't be too sad to see his latest creation go up in flames adding "This is my art."
Previous creations have included models of the White House and Wembley Stadium.