‘Donald Trump’ guy to top bonfire at Long Melford Big Night Out

Entries in the Long Melford Bigh night Out guy competition
Picture: STEVE THOMSON

Entries in the Long Melford Bigh night Out guy competition Picture: STEVE THOMSON - Credit: Archant

A ‘guy’ in the style of Donald Trump will top the bonfire at one of the county’s biggest fireworks displays .

Some of the 'guys' in the Big Night Out' competition
Picture: STEVE THOMSON

Some of the 'guys' in the Big Night Out' competition Picture: STEVE THOMSON - Credit: Archant

The 49th Big Night Out is set to take place this Friday, November 10, in Long Melford.

The US presidential guy was designed by twin brothers Seb and Olly Skeats, aged seven, as part of an annual competition run in the village for more than 45 years to coincide with the event.

Organised by charity group Project Seven, the Big Night Out has been moved away from the traditional Guy Fawkes weekend to avoid clashing with other events in the area.

All proceeds from the night, which is supported by the East Anglian Daily Times, will go to local charities.

Third place in the guy competition went to Julie Thomson with her 'Lucy the Librarian' guy (or gal)

Third place in the guy competition went to Julie Thomson with her 'Lucy the Librarian' guy (or gal) Picture: STEVE THOMSON - Credit: Archant


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The theme of the musical accompaniment to the fireworks display will be “Rock Hard Brexit”. Around 10,000 people are expected to attend.

The guy competition, which was traditionally run in conjunction with the local primary school, was opened up to people of all ages this year. Judging took place earlier this week at Sheridans estate agents in the village.

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Winners received vouchers with all entrants getting a goody bag and certificate.

Taking second place to the Donald Trump guy was The Incredible Hulk, made by Lexi Wade, aged seven, and her four-year-old sister Sienna, who is “mad on superheroes”.

Runners up in the guy competition, Lexi Wade, seven, and Sienna Wade, four, with their 'Incredible H

Runners up in the guy competition, Lexi Wade, seven, and Sienna Wade, four, with their 'Incredible Hulk' guy Picture: STEVE THOMSON - Credit: Archant

Third place went to one of the competition’s slightly more mature entrants Julie Thomson, 46, with her ‘Lucy the Librarian’ guy.

In addition to being dressed with the winning guy, the huge bonfire will this year be lit using traditional fire-making methods.

Performing the honours will be Sudbury resident, wilderness expert and author Daniel Hulme, who has just had his first book published, entitled The Art of Fire: The Joy of Tinder, Spark and Ember.

Daniel, who is an instructor at Ray Mears’ School of Wilderness Bushcraft, is an expert on fire making and survival in the wild.

Winners of the guy competition Seb and Olly Skeats, aged seven, with their 'Donald Trump' guy Pictur

Winners of the guy competition Seb and Olly Skeats, aged seven, with their 'Donald Trump' guy Picture: STEVE THOMSON - Credit: Archant

He will use the hand drill method – one of the traditional fire making methods from his book – which involves rubbing two sticks of wood together, to make the first spark to light the bonfire. It will be lit at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the event are available in advance or at the gates. Go to www.project-seven.co.uk for details.

Entrants in the Long Melford Big Night Out 'guy' competition. Picture: STEVE THOMSON

Entrants in the Long Melford Big Night Out 'guy' competition. Picture: STEVE THOMSON - Credit: Archant

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