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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C
# Bonfire Night
A town in England is burning an effigy of Donald Trump tonight
The town has in the past burned effigies of Sepp Blatter, Cherie Blair and Russell Brand.

A GIANT EFFIGY of US presidential candidate Donald Trump wielding the head of rival Hillary Clinton is to go up in flames during traditional British bonfire celebrations tonight.

The 36-foot (11-metre) high model of Trump dressed in shorts decorated with images of Mexicans will be packed with fireworks and set alight in Edenbridge, southeast England, this evening as part of the annual Bonfire Night celebrations, organisers said.

Across Britain, bonfires will be lit, effigies torched and fireworks let off to mark the moment when Guy Fawkes was thwarted in a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament on 5 November 1605.

“We are literally helping Trump to live out his own catchphrase ‘burn it down’ by exploding the 11-metre effigy as the opening act for our fireworks display,” explained Edenbridge Bonfire Society spokesman Jeni Fox.

Edenbridge Bonfire Society celebrity Guy 2016 PA Wire / PA Images Artists put the finishing touches on the effigy this week PA Wire / PA Images / PA Images

“It only seemed fair that Hillary Clinton took some of the limelight, and we are sure the presidential candidates will be pleased to see they are both featured,” she said.

The town has been setting alight effigies of people who have riled the British public for more than 20 years, with then-Fifa president Sepp Blatter in the firing line last year.

Other victims include Cherie Blair, Gordon Brown, comedian Russell Brand and Jose Manuel Barroso, former chief of the European Commission.

Traditionally it is Guy Fawkes, leader of the “Gunpowder Plot”, who gets thrown on the bonfire.

- © AFP, 2016

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