Bonfire Night Fun as Effigy of Boris Goes Up in Flames

I hope everyone had a great Bonfire Night yesterday or at the weekend. And that if you have pets, I hope they were safe and well, and not frightened too much by the noises.

This weekend, the famous Edenbridge Bonfire Society chose Boris Johnson as the subject of their celebrity guy to be burnt on the bonfire. This is a short video posted by RT UK on YouTube yesterday, November 5th 2018 of the event with a few comments from some of the organisers.

One woman explains that they have a celebrity effigy who appears on their field every year, the celebrity effigy gets voted by the public and what happens is all the votes, all the nominations get put forward get discussed in a committee meeting and a decision is made. And this year they have Boris Johnson who perhaps made one gaffe too many and that’s why he has ended up in their effigy hall of fame.

Another woman wearing an enormous pink hat and a dress adorned with poppies, which are also painted on the side of her face, also explains that Boris is a sort of caricature person, by which she means that its really easy to caricature him, because he gives us all these ideas when you google him. As she’s explaining this, there’s a clip of Boris diving for the ball during a football match and coming a cropper. She goes to say that his messy hair is the biggest thing, isn’t it, she asks, before continuing that he’s a keen cyclist so they had to put the helmet in and his funny shorts, and they wanted to put a little bit of Brexit in with the cake and the buses.

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4 Responses to “Bonfire Night Fun as Effigy of Boris Goes Up in Flames”

  1. joanna Says:

    Hi Beastie I don’t take any notice of bonfire night, I was badly burnt by a fire when I was 4yrs. I managed to stay asleep until 9pm when fireworks had to stop.

    I thought I would send you this bit of fun.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks for that, Jo. I’m sorry you got badly burnt by a bonfire when you were young. Sadly, probably not an uncommon experience at the time. I remember the adverts on TV with photographs of horribly burnt people and children with the message ‘Never Fool with Fireworks’. You don’t hear about it quite so much now, but people are still being burnt and injured.

      I didn’t do anything for bonfire night either. I just listened to bangs and whizzes from the houses around me. Which, fortunately, weren’t too bad. Some years you could have been mistaken for thinking that war had broken out.:)

      • joanna Says:

        Hi Beast I wasn’t burnt by a bonfire, it was a house fire but that was before I ever knew of bonfires, I was just terrified of watching bonfires at organized events and have been ever since I just don’t see the point of them, especially as the original event was a set up Maybe??

      • beastrabban Says:

        Ah, I see. I think you told me about the house fire. And I well understand why you’d be afraid of bonfires afterwards. I’ve also heard the theory that the plot might have been a set up by Francis Walsingham to catch possible treasonous Roman Catholics. However, a documentary series on BBC 4 screened back in the Winter treated it all as genuine. Obviously a lot of Roman Catholics aren’t happy about celebrating Bonfire Night.

        As for the celebrations, I’ve enjoyed them when I’ve been to them, and I can remember the family celebrating it, complete with bonfire and sparklers in the back garden when I was small, and then going to organized fireworks displays by the local church several times. But I haven’t been to one for years and years. I don’t have anything against it, I just don’t feel the need.

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