THREE Towns residents came together to help guard a bonfire after council workers turned up to try and dismantle it.

Residents found themselves in a stand-off with the authorities after council workers turned up to stop the bonfire on New England Road.

Organisers told the Herald how they had surrounded the bonfire on arrival – with two sitting up top and refusing to come down after the arrival of North Ayrshire Council – with Police Scotland confirming they remained at the scene for some time.

However residents blasted the local authority’s attempts to remove the bonfire – while commenting on an amazing atmosphere on the night.

A North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: “At this time of year our teams attend a number of unauthorised bonfires to ensure people are safe.

“We understand a significant deposit of materials has been made at New England Road.

"Both Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are aware of the situation.”

On Facebook, Clare Convery said: “Honestly folk just trying to have a good night no hassle... but wait the council aren’t profiting from it.

"Better to have these community bonfires than loads of small reckless ones!”

Marette Honeyman Fraser said: “Absolutely buzzing there, brilliant atmosphere just what all the kids need.”

Claire A Cameron said: “Kids had a ball at it.”, while Tracy O’Brien added: “Huge thank you to the lady who was providing hotdogs, soup and hot chocolate.”