The Houses of Parliament will disappear in a blaze of glory tonight (Wednesday November 5) as Pembrokeshire’s biggest bonfire goes up in smoke.

Bright sparks in the village of St Florence have come up with the plot to re-create the target of Guy Fawkes’ intentions as a community fund-raiser.

Bonfire mastermind Jon Edwards has been working since the middle of September to assemble around 70 tonnes of waste wood into the impressive structure.

Standing 65 feet wide,30 feet high and 30 feet deep and incorporating cast-off pallets, packing crates, doors and decking, it features a Big Ben clock tower with two faces, and even a fire escape for hedgehogs.

Jon is vice-chairman of St Florence Community Association, which last year welcomed 6,000 people to its bumper bonfire night.

“Last year we built the largest bonfire in Pembrokeshire, so we thought we’d better do something a bit special again this year,” he said. “It’s going to be a great night, but the moment for me will be when I see the first flame and then the massive glow that lights up all the smiling faces in the crowd.”

Winners of a bonfire safety poster competition in local schools will have the honour of signalling the start of the blaze and the fireworks display, which are both in the safe hands of pyrotechnics professional, Samantha Nicholls of Manorbier Newton.

A DJ, disco, bouncy castle, stalls, refreshments and a barbeque will also be adding to the fun of the evening. Gates open at 6pm with the display at around 7pm and admission is £2.50 for adults and £1 for children.

There is limited parking in the village, but also park and ride from Heatherton and Manor House Wildlife Park on the B4318.