Public votes for 'Donald Trump' to burn

A 36ft statue of Donald Trump will be burned at a town’s bonfire display this weekend.

The effigy of the Republican US presidential candidate will be set alight at a display in Edenbridge, Kent, on Saturday – just days before he goes head-to-head with Hillary Clinton in the election.

The steel-framed model of Mr Trump has him dressed in a pair of shorts emblazoned with images of Mexican men and holding the head of his Democratic rival.

The figure will be stuffed with oil-soaked newspapers and fireworks.

Organisers said Mr Trump was the overwhelming choice for this year’s celebrity Guy.

Jeni Fox, from the Edenbridge Bonfire Society, said: “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.

“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.

“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.”

Other names which were up for consideration included Sir Philip Green, following the BHS scandal, sacked England football boss Sam Allardyce, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and current X Factor contestant Honey G.

Last year’s celebrity effigy was of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

The Edenbridge Bonfire Society has poked fun at celebrity figures for 20 years by building and exploding a effigy of a famous figure alongside the traditional statue of Guy Fawkes.

Other well-known figures who have featured as the celebrity effigy in the past include Cherie Blair, Katie Price, Gordon Brown and Russell Brand.

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