LONDON – A 9-metre effigy of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has been burned at a bonfire celebration in Kent. Report by SkySports
A steel-framed model of the 41-year-old American, who was recently stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping offences, was set alight in front of thousands of people in Edenbridge on Saturday night. The effigy had Armstrong holding a sign saying: “For sale, racing bike, no longer required,” and was stuffed with oil-soaked newspapers which were packed with fireworks.
Bonfire Society members said it was not easy to choose Armstrong, who had all his results from August 1998 removed on the recommendation of the US Anti-Doping Agency and banned from cycling for life.
Society co-ordinator Charles Laver said Jimmy Savile and radical cleric Abu Hamza were also considered, while Chancellor George Osborne was ruled out for being “a bit boring”.
Other well-known figures who have had the misfortune of being the celebrity Guy at Edenbridge’s celebrations in past years include Cherie Blair, Katie Price, Gordon Brown and Russell Brand.