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Boris Johnson to be guy at Edenbridge bonfire


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He stood in front of the infamous battle bus proclaiming Britain would keep £350 million a week if it left the EU and resigned as Foreign Secretary after being unhappy with the Government's post-Brexit plans.

Yet the latest controversy involving Boris Johnson is not of his own making - he is the inspiration for the latest celebrity effigy to be burned at the stake at this year's infamous Edenbridge Bonfire Night celebrations.

Mr Johnson had been the 1/2 favourite according to bookmaker William Hill, although billionaire businessman Sir Philip Green had seen his odds slashed after being named in Parliament as the businessman at the centre of an injunction scandal.

Boris Johnson is the latest celebrity effigy to be burned at the Edenbridge bonfire
Boris Johnson is the latest celebrity effigy to be burned at the Edenbridge bonfire

Organisers at the annual Kent bash have previously depicted disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, ex-Apprentice star Katie Hopkins and Donald Trump.

This year the straw-haired politician will be added to the Edenbridge Bonfire Night line-up along with the traditional Guy Fawkes on 3 November.

This year's event on November 3 is celebrating its 90th year running and has created celebrity effigies for more than 20 of them.

Over 800 people are expected to join the torch-lit parade through the High Street before enjoying the bonfire.

Money raised at the event is donated to local charities.

Caricaturist Andrea Deans, who has painted the BoJo effigy said: "As with last year there were many strong contenders for this year's celebrity guy, particularly in the political world.

"This year Boris was the obvious option, plus he's great to caricature and I've wanted to paint him for a long time."

Chairman Bill Cummings from the Edenbridge Bonfire Society said: "This year we have chosen the inimitable Boris Johnson as our celebrity guy, but I am sure you will agree that our artist, Andrea Deans, has captured his likeness very well.

"Our message to Mr Johnson is that you cannot have your cake and eat it.

"We hope Mr Johnson will appreciate the humour contained in our caricature and take it in the good spirit with which it is intended."

The controversial MP follows in the footsteps of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who burned at the stake as part of the Edenbridge Bonfire Night last year.

American cyclist Lance Armstrong, former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, ex-Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins, and tempremental footballer Mario Balotelli have also faced the flames in recent years.

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