VANDALS destroyed the centrepiece of Huddersfield's biggest bonfire and fireworks display early today.
The Huddersfield Pendragon Round Table bonfire at Crosland Hill was torched just before 4am.
Round Table organisers today pledged to rebuild the bonfire with new wood in time for tonight and the event would go ahead as planned.
Firefighters from Huddersfield tackled the blaze off Blackmoorfoot Road.
But the bonfire was completely burned out and left a smouldering pile.
Firefighters said the bonfire was set alight deliberately.
The bonfire has been held every year for many years, but for the last 10 it has been organised by Huddersfield Pendragon Round Table.
It is the biggest in Huddersfield, with thousands of people attending.
The Round Table planned to make this year's event bigger and better than ever.
A Guy Fawkes competition is being held.
Children at Crosland Hill Junior and Infant School have been making Guys and the eventual winner is to take pride of place on top of the bonfire.
A new addition of a fairground also promises to add to the family fun.
The bonfire raises several thousand pounds for charity each year.
All funds raised from this year's event are to go towards a Christmas Wish appeal, through which the Round Table is to help deserving local causes.
The gates are due to open at 5.30pm this evening for the Bonfire Night celebration on land opposite the Sands House pub.
The new bonfire is to be lit at 6.30pm followed by the firework display at 7.15pm.
Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for children.
Parking is available at Lowdham Leisureworld, Woodcock & Wilson, Black Cat and WG&R.
Parking costs £1 per car.