Trump was the “obvious option” for this year’s effigy, according to organizers at the Edenbridge Bonfire Society:
Edenbridge Bonfire Society organizers set ablaze an 11-meter high (36 feet) model of the Republican U.S. presidential candidate at a fireworks display as part of annual bonfire celebrations across the U.K in the town Edenbridge, 30 miles (50 km) south of London. Bonfire Night is celebrated on Nov. 5 across the U.K. where firework celebrations typically feature effigies of Guy Fawkes, one of the men behind the plot to blow up British Parliament in 1605.
Trump was the “obvious option” for this year’s effigy, according to organizers at the Edenbridge Bonfire Society, which selects a public figure to set on fire each year in the south of England. A photo of the effigy shows Trump holding the head of rival candidate Hillary Clinton, while wearing shorts decorated with images of men in Mexican sombreros.
Townsfolk decided Donald Trump was the biggest villain of 2016:
The sculpture showed Trump, complete with his trademark mop of hair, holding his Democratic rival for the White House, Hilary Clinton, in a headlock, and sporting a pair of Mexico-themed boxer shorts. artist Frank Shepherd said of his muse, “I think he would be quietly amused” .
The celebrations in Edenbridge also feature effigies of unpopular celebrities and in the past have included former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Bonfire night’s other contenders was Philip Green and Sam Allardyce:
Other contenders for this year’s choice included Philip Green, the billionaire former owner of failed retail chain BHS who is under pressure to resolve the firm’s pension problems, and Sam Allardyce, who quit as England soccer manager in September, after one game in charge, after a newspaper sting.
Effigies of Trump, including one of him sitting atop a Mexican border control wall, were also due to go up in smoke on Saturday at a fireworks display in the town of Lewes, 60 miles south of London.
The Edenbridge Bonfire Society has made a name for itself for using the celebration to poke fun at public figures who have attracted widespread scorn. In previous years, the society has burned effigies of soccer players Wayne Rooney and Mario Balotelli as well as disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter.