Long Melford children create their very own modern day Guy Fawkes ahead of tonight’s Big Night Out

Pupils at Long Melford Primary School have made Guy's for the Big Night Out competition.

Pupils at Long Melford Primary School have made Guy's for the Big Night Out competition. - Credit: Archant

Primary school students brought bonfire night firmly into the 21st century with their modern interpretations of gunpowder plot ringleader Guy Fawkes.

Every year since the Big Night Out firework extravaganza began in 1968, pupils at Long Melford Primary School have taken part in a competition to design the best guy to top the fire.

Taking pride of place this year will be a rather unusual Guy Fawkes, still with his recognisable trademark beard but based on an up-to-date Minion character from the film Despicable Me.

Created by brother and sister team Theo and Savannah Tanswell, the model stands at more than three feet high.

Savannah, six, said: “We watched the movie and decided to do a guy based on that. It took us two-and-a-half weeks to make and took up a lot of space in our house.”

Second place went to Blake Leonard, seven, with his guy inspired by the computer game Minecraft.

Other entries were from Lewis Bedwell, 10, Katie Lloyd, 10 and Charlie Norton, 5.

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Headteacher, Paula Hagan, said: “I think it’s great that the children get involved in the community spirit.”

A number of changes have been made to this year’s Big Night Out after last year failed to yield any profit to donate to local charities - largely due to rising costs and a drop in attendance from around 20,000 to 5,000.

But Andrew Hagger, president of the Big Night Out organising committee, said ticket pre-sales were steady and he hoped the evening would be a big success.

The display starts tonight at 8pm, and the event starts at 6pm.

event, tomorrow from 6pm, will feature £11,500 worth of fireworks, fairground rides and a barbecue. The fire will be lit at 7.30pm with the firework display starting at 8pm.

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