Inside UK’s most notorious bonfire night where Brits will torch Liz Truss effigy

Move over Guy Fawkes, Liz Truss is next to be set ablaze at a legendary British bonfire.

Since 1994 Edenbridge Bonfire Society in Kent has been poking fun at celebrities embroiled in scandal and controversy by burning ginormous effigies in their image.

Ex-Prime Minister Liz Truss who lasted just 44 days at 10 Downing Street as Boris Johnson's successor, has been given the not-so flattering honour of becoming this year's flammable figure.

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Unsurprisingly Boris Johnson and Donald Trump make up two of Edenbridge's massive fire Guys over the past 28 years, with some set alight for evil deeds and others for bungling gaffes.

No Guy falls under the former category more so than Saddam Hussein who on December 30, 2006, was executed for crimes against humanity including the Dujail Massacre which killed 148 of his political opposition.

Such a move to create a gun-toting effigy out of a world leader in 2003, led some to believe Vladimir Putin was a shoe-in to get the bonfire treatment this time around in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Another crook to have gone up in flames in Kent is jailed Hollywood film director, Harvey Weinstein who denied in court all allegations of rape and sexual assault from over 80 women.

In 2016 it was newly elected US Prime Minister Donald Trump who got the Guy treatment while holding the head of Hilary Clinton who he beat to power.

More comical effigies who have gone up in flames in Kent include Katie Price in 2019 and Wayne Rooney whose ears in 2011 looked like they were cruelly borrowed from Shrek.

The eccentric Italian's blunder of setting fireworks off in his own home, no doubt inspired his inclusion as a Guy Fawkes substitute.

The England legend is not the only footballer to have been the star of Edenbridge's annual festivities as former Manchester City striker, Mario Balotelli started the trend a year earlier.

Beside his character is a sign asking 'How safe are your fireworks tonight?'.

Throw into the mix disgraced ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, cycling cheat Lance Armstrong and loud mouth Katie Hopkins, and it's fair to say the bonfire has touched all corners of popular culture since its inception.

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In among the long list of famous faces which extends from Tony Blair to Katie Price, are a handful of Guy Fawkes in true traditional fashion.

Remember, remember… On November 5, 1605 Guy Fawkes was caught red handed in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament with several dozen barrels of gunpowder, ready to blow it up to smithereens.

A year later, the annual nod to Fawkes' capture was introduced with the Observance of 5th November Act which enforced a public day of thanksgiving.


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