Edenbridge Bonfire Society has been setting fire to celebrity effigies for over 20 years. This year the small town in Kent lit an 11 metre high effigy of Donald Trump – complete with Hillary Clinton in a headlock.
Jeni Fox, spokesperson for Edenbridge Bonfire Society, commented: “The tradition of exploding celebrity effigies at our charity fundraiser bonfire event has spanned two decades, and was created as light-hearted mockery of a famous person who’s recently done something outrageous. The US presidential candidate was the obvious option for 2016"
“It took just a week for our artists to make the effigy, complete with Trump’s trademark bouffant and a pair of Mexican shorts. It was then stuffed with oil-soaked newspapers and fireworks and set alight, alongside an 11 metre effigy of Guy Fawkes.”
Around 5,000 people packed the town’s Recreation Ground to see the effigies set alight, followed by a spectacular firework display. The event raises money for charity.
The Edenbridge Bonfire Society are set to unveil this year's guy later.
The society has been poking fun at the famous and infamous for 20 years by building and exploding an 11m tall effigy alongside their traditional figure of Guy Fawkes.
Past targets have included José Manuel Barroso, Katie Hopkins, Tony and Cherie Blair, Wayne Rooney and Lance Armstrong.
The latest odds on who will be this year's target:
- 3/1 Sepp Blatter
- 5/1 Vladimir Putin
- 8/1 Stuart Lancaster
- 9/1 Nicola Sturgeon
- 10/1 Jeremy Corbyn
- 10/1 Kim Jong Un
- 12/1 David Cameron
- 12/1 Donald Trump
- 16/1 Zayn Malik
- 20/1 Jeremy Clarkson
- 20/1 Nigel Farage
- 20/1 Craig Joubert
- 25/1 Justin Bieber
- 33/1 Josie Cunningham
- 33/1 Julian Assange
- 33/1 EL James
Medals belonging to a suffragette from Kent are being sold at auction today.
Helen MacRae from Edenbridge helped organise the first Women's Social and Political Union meeting in West Sussex in 1911.
Today her gallantry medals will go under the hammer at Lockdales Auctioneers in Suffolk.
They're expected to fetch thousands of pounds.
Every year in Edenbridge, the town's bonfire society spends days constructing and burning an effigy of a figure who has spent some time in headlines.
Previous 'victims' include Cherie Blair, Jonathan Ross and Lance Armstrong.
This year UKIP leader Nigel Farage turned down an invitation to attend the burning, triggering speculation that he was the target. But no. Emma Wilkinson reveals all:
An effigy of controversial Portuguese politician José Manuel Barroso will be burnt in Edenbridge tonight.
For 20 years, the Edenbridge Bonfire Society has built and exploded a 'celebrity guy'
This year's victim is the exiting President of the EU Commission.
The Edenbridge Bonfire Society will unveil which unpopular celebrity, politician or sports personality will be made in to an effigy and burned at their annual bonfire event, later.
Previous 'victims' have included Apprentice contestant, Katie Hopkins; shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong and model Katie Price.
Detectives investigating a robbery in Edenbridge have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to.
A car driver and a passenger were attacked on 26 June after they had stopped because two men were blocking the road.
The victim’s had been travelling along Lingfield Road at around 10.55pm when they first noticed two men standing in the street close to the junction with Coomb Field.
After the driver had stopped the car one of the men reached through his window.
He grabbed the keys from the ignition and punched the driver in the face before running off.
The passenger in the car gave chase but was then set upon by the second man who repeatedly punched him in the head.
As the driver of the vehicle then tried to help his friend he was punched again by the man who had had first attacked him and who had reappeared from an alleyway.
One of the men then leaned through the driver’s door and stole a laptop from the back seat, before they both fled when another vehicle began to approach the scene.
Officers have now released an e-fit of one of the men.
He was described as white and aged between 30 and 40. He was of medium build with very short hair and was wearing a tan coloured cardigan.
The second offender was white, aged 17 to 19 and around 5ft 6ins tall. He had short light brown hair and was wearing a blue long sleeved jumper.
A coroner has recorded a verdict of misadventure after a teenager was killed during a major storm in October last year. Bethany Freeman, 17, died when a tree fell on the caravan she was sleeping in at her home in Hever. We report from Tunbridge Wells Coroner's Court.
An inquest into the death of a Kent schoolgirl, who was killed when a tree fell onto the caravan she was sleeping in, has recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.
Bethany Freeman, who was 17-years-old, died when a 30ft tree fell on the mobile home last October in Hever.
Bethany was pronounced dead at the scene following efforts to try and revive her.
Coroner Roger Hatch expressed his sympathy to the family, saying Bethany's death happened during extremely high winds which adversely affected the tree which "unfortunately and tragically landed on the caravan."