Trump effigies go up in flames for Guy Fawkes night

The Pope, Bashar al-Assad, former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and Angela Merkel have all featured at the Lewes Bonfire Night over the years.

Trump effigies go up in flames for Guy Fawkes night

Participants parade through the town of Lewes in East Sussex. Image: Victoria Jones PA Wire/PA Images

It is Guy Fawkes Night across the water and one of the biggest celebrations in the UK will see effigies of Donald Trump go up in flames alongside some other well known political faces.

Each year, the town of Lewes in Sussex becomes "the bonfire capital of the world" and thousands of visitors traditionally make their way to the town to join in the festivities.

About 30,000 people took part in the celebration last year, however this year’s event is expected to be slightly smaller due to a Southern Rail staff strike.

Armed police will also be patrolling the area in order to ensure a safe environment amid what police call a 'nationwide terror threat.'

A separate celebration in Edenbridge, Kent will see a likeness of Trump holding the head of his presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

The effigies are often inspired by political figures and scandals, with last year’s event featuring a burning likeness of former British Prime Minister David Cameron replete with union jack underpants, holding a pig’s head.

The Pope, Bashar al-Assad, former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and Angela Merkel have all featured over the years. 

This year’s celebration features two likenesses of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump as well as one of British Prime Minister Theresa May alongside Brexiteers Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage.

 

#lewes #bonfirenight laying in wait for tonight's celebrations. First sighting of the tory hate effigies! #5thnovember

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A separate celebration in Edenbridge, Kent will see a likeness of Trump holding the head of his presidential rival Hillary Clinton.