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Scotland’s First Minister escapes English bonfire after complaints

Fireworks display in Lewes.
Fireworks display in Lewes. Image by Dave Pullig / CC BY 2.0

A complaint has been made to police after two giant effigies of Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond were prepared for burning in an English town. Lewes, in Sussex, hosts one of Britain’s most famous Bonfire Night celebrations, in which fireworks are set off and effigies burnt. Salmond, who led the campaign for Scottish independence in September’s referendum, was pictured topless in a kilt with the Loch Ness Monster peeking over his shoulders. Following the complaint, the effigies were not burned in the ceremony. Previous figures to be set alight have included British Prime Minister David Cameron and Osama Bin Laden. Lewes Bonfire Night is attended by around 45,000 people. Read more: bbc.co.uk