'Donald Trump' effigy to be burned at Edenbridge bonfire night

An 11 metre (36ft) effigy of Donald Trump will be burned as part of a town's annual bonfire celebrations this weekend.

A model of the Republican US presidential candidate will go up in flames in Edenbridge, Kent in the latest of the town's annual celebrity bonfire night effigies.

The figure, holding the head of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and dressed in shorts with pictures of Mexicans emblazoned on them, will be stuffed with oil-soaked newspapers, packed with fireworks and torched on Saturday.

Organisers said Mr Trump was the overwhelming choice for this year's celebrity effigy.

Sepp Blatter was burned at the event in 2015. Credit: PA Wire

Edenbridge Bonfire Society spokesman Jeni Fox said: "We were spoilt for choice in terms of potential contenders with a shortlist of around 10 potential runners but the people's choice stole the vote.

"We are literally helping Trump to live out his own catchphrase 'burn it down' by exploding the 11m effigy as the opening act for our fireworks display.

"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."

An effigy of Katie Hopkins was burned on the Edenbridge bonfire in 2013. Credit: PA Wire

Other names which had been in the frame were Sir Philip Green following the scandal involving BHS, sacked England football boss Sam Allardyce, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and X Factor contender Honey G.

Edenbridge Bonfire Society have been setting a figure of the famous and infamous on fire for more than 20 years, burning a huge effigy of a celebrity alongside the traditional figure of Guy Fawkes.

Last year a model of scandal-hit former Fifa president Sepp Blatter was burned at the event.

Other well-known figures who have had the dubious honour of being the celebrity guy at Edenbridge's celebrations in past years include Cherie Blair, Katie Price, Gordon Brown and Russell Brand.