Residents of exclusive Lockyer Street pictured waiting patiently for their homes to be razed to the ground yesterday


Thousands of Londoners gathered to watch last night as Bermondsey, in South East London, was set ablaze in a spectacular display to commemorate the Great Fire of London, which reduced the capital to smouldering ruins 350 years ago last Tuesday.

Incendiaries were placed at strategic points around the run-down docklands district before being triggered at 9.00pm last night. Crowds cheered wildly as they watched the spectacle from across the river at Millwall Dock.

One man from Whitechapel in East London, who had bought his wife and five children along to enjoy the event told us: “This is probably the best day of my life. Of course, we wouldn’t have had to bother with all this if the Germans had made a better job of it during the war. I just hope they didn’t forget to burn down Millwall football ground”

A spokesman for the London Borough of Southwark said last night: “It was a highly successful and fruitful evening for all concerned”

When asked about casualties, he said: “Nobody was injured but millions of pounds worth of improvements were made”