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Blair burnt at stake in hunt fury
Tony Blair effigy
An effigy of Tony Blair was being burnt in protest at the hunting ban
A 30ft replica of Tony Blair has been burnt at the stake as part of a Kent town's bonfire festivities.

The government's campaign to outlaw hunting made the prime minister the popular choice for Edenbridge Bonfire Society's "celebrity guy".

"We are a rural community and there are a lot of hunting, shooting and fishing people around here," said chairman Terry Gledhill-Carr.

Saturday night's bonfire coincided with the first day of the hunting season.

Previous effigies have included Saddam Hussein and Edwina Currie.

MPs voted in September to ban hunting with dogs in England and Wales.

I am sure Downing Street won't be looking to put me in the tower
Terry Gledhill-Carr

"We were considering putting the prime minister in hunting pink but we decided that would be a little too controversial," said Mr Gledhill-Carr.

"We are not a political organisation - the whole thing is based on fun.

"David Beckham was in the frame for a while.

"I am sure that Downing Street won't be looking to put me in the tower."

Largest turnout

The South East's major 5 November bonfire celebration in Lewes went without serious problems, Sussex Police said.

An estimated 45,000 people flocked to the town centre - one of the largest turnouts in recent years.

A total of 380 police officers were on duty and four arrests were made.

Ambulance crews dealt with a number of minor injuries and four people were taken to hospital.




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