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David Cameron Effigy Burned In Lewes For Bonfire Night, Alongside Blatter, Clarkson And The 'Bullingdon Pig'

06/11/2015 01:32 GMT | Updated 06/11/2015 11:59 GMT

An effigy of British Prime Minister David Cameron was torched in Lewes on Thursday, part of the annual Bonfire Night celebrations on the Sussex coast.

The Tory leader was wheeled through the town, appearing naked save only a Union flag covering his budget deficit. A pig’s head sat snugly under the PM's arm -- a touching pork memorial to the long-dead trotter the top politician allegedly ravaged in a Eighties Bullingdon haze (denied by Downing Street).

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An effigy depicting David Cameron as it is paraded through the streets of Lewes in Sussex on November 5, 2015, during the traditional Bonfire Night celebrations

According to local reports, fireworks set Cameron ablaze, his sculpted form going up like the discarded mattress of an evicted tenant, thrown out by a housing association after his benefits were cut.

Keeping the PM warm were former FIFA President Sepp Blatter and erstwhile 'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson. Blatter, his middle finger in the air, caught fire surrounded by piles of case. A sign in front of the septuagenarian read “Thiefa.”

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An effigy of Sepp Blatter is paraded through the town of Lewes in East Sussex where an annual bonfire night procession is held by the Lewes Bonfire Societies

Lewes, known as the bonfire capital of the UK, was awash with colour as torch lit processions moved through the streets of the ancient town. However, its history of burning effigies have proved controversial, with Sussex Police called in to investigate last year’s torching of SNP MP Alex Salmond, though prosecutors concluded no offence had occurred.

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An effigy of Jeremy Clarkson is paraded through the town of Lewes in East Sussex where an annual bonfire night procession is held by the Lewes Bonfire Societies

The celebrations in Lewes commemorate not only the 1605 gunpowder plot, but also the burning of 17 Protestant martyrs in the town's High Street in the 16th century

According to PA, the town boasts seven bonfire societies, six of which hold their celebrations on November 5. Each society has its own costume, including Tudor dress and Mongol warriors.

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