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Harvey Weinstein revealed as Bonfire Night effigy

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Harvey Weinstein has been revealed as the Edenbridge Bonfire Night effigy.

The Edenbridge Bonfire Society has been poking fun at infamous celebrities for more than 20 years.

The 11 metre guy will go up in flames alongside an effigy of Guy Fawkes this Saturday.

Weinstein was picked by the society to be this year's public figurine at the event after he became embroiled in a string of allegations of sexual assaults against female employees and movie stars.

Bonfire society organisers said Weinstein was the "obvious" option this year after the accusations came to light.

The giant figure is depicted holding a Hollywood star, a clapperboard emblazoned with the words "final cut" and standing on the base of an Oscar award inscribed with "H Weinstein".

Rumours of other names in the frame for this year included North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Last year, Donald Trump was the "overwhelming choice".

A steel-framed model of the then Republican US presidential candidate was made just days before he went head to head with Democrat Hillary Clinton and won the election.

More than 10,000 people attend the annual event, with families visiting from London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

Organised by a team of volunteers, the evening begins at 6.30pm with a torch-lit carnival procession through Edenbridge High Street.

This is led by the Bishop of the Bonfire, his choirboys and the society's effigies as well as visiting societies from Sussex.

The evening ends with a firework display before the effigies are burnt.

In 2015 a model of scandal-hit former Fifa president Sepp Blatter was burned at the event.

Other well-known figures who had the dubious honour of being the celebrity Guy include Cherie Blair, Katie Price, Gordon Brown and Russell Brand.

"As with last year there were many strong contenders for this year's celebrity Guy, particularly in the political and cultural world."

"While the burning of the Guys is aimed as a light-hearted way to mark the traditional bonfire celebrations in the UK, there is of course nothing funny about (the allegations)."

– Bonfire Society spokesperson


Edenbridge burn Trump and Clinton

Trump and Clinton on the bonfire Credit: Edenbridge Bonfire Society

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.

Effigy burns Credit: Edenbridge Bonfire Society

Edenbridge guy set to be unveiled

Brighton's Katie Price was the target in 2009 Credit: PA

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

Kent Suffragette's medals go under the hammer

Helen MacRae's medals are being sold at auction Credit: Lockdales Auctioneers

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.


Edenbridge celebrity effigy revealed

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:

Edenbridge bonfire effigy to be unveiled

Last year controversial figure, Kate Hopkins, was made into an effigy

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.

Efit released following robbery in Edenbridge

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.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a robbery Credit: Kent Police

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.

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