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Alex Salmond and José Barroso 'guys' this Bonfire Night

The effigy of Alex Salmond and Nessie and the effigy of José Barroso. Photo: ITV

Effigies of Alex Salmond and José Barroso are to be burned for this year's Bonfire Night celebrations.

The former Scottish First Minister, complete with Loch Ness monster, will get the Guy Fawkes treatment in the East Sussex town of Lewes.

While an effigy of Barroso, the exiting President of the EU Commission, will go up in flames in the Kent town of Edenbridge.

A spokesman for Salmond blamed the fact he was a "victim" on the Tories.

The spokesman said: "The Tory-controlled East Sussex County Council obviously view the First Minister as big a threat to the Westminster establishment as Guy Fawkes, although it's unclear why poor Nessie has been targeted."

East Sussex County Council later tweeted: "Please note that the Alex Salmond and Nessie models were created by Waterloo Bonfire Society #LewesBonfire and have NO connection to ESCC."

The Bonfire Night parade through Lewes is already underway tonight. Credit: PA

Lewes hosts one of the biggest Bonfire Night celebrations in the world and over 30,000 people are expected to attend.

Previous "victims" to have been burned include Tony Blair and George Bush.

Effigies of George Bush and Tony Blair were burned in 2003. Credit: PA

For the past 20 years, Edenbridge has built and exploded a "celebrity guy".

Past figures include Cherie Blair, Jonathan Ross and Katie Price.

Scandal-hit sports stars such as footballers Wayne Rooney and Mario Balotelli and disgraced cyclist lance Armstrong have also been burned.

Jonathan Ross 2008. Credit: ITV Meridian
Wayne Rooney 2010. Credit: ITV Meridian
Mario Balotelli 2011. Credit: ITV Meridian