Every so often the Lewes bonfire societies hit the news. This year it's because they've had the audacity to burn (or planned to burn, what happened is a little unclear) effigies of Alec Salmond and Nessie. As is reported Sussex Police were this year's killjoys:
“For those enquiring we have been advised that there won’t be any burning of the Alex Salmond effigies this evening in Lewes. It is understood three effigies – two Alex Salmonds and one Nessie – were confiscated and removed”
It was, I gather, perfectly fine to burn Vladimir Putin in a mankini. It also seems at least one of the Alec Salmond effigies got the proper treatment too.
So what! I forget which year it was but I was burnt in effigy on a bonfire in Bradford. Indeed a Guy Fawkes Day Bonfire at the Reservoir Hotel on Allerton Road (now sadly no more as with too many pubs) which held one of the better fireworks parties. I remember standing and watching as my besuited effigy, cigar and pint in hand gradually succumbed to the flames.
Good times! Viva England!