Arm­strong ef­figy up in flames

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LON­DON

Stripped of his cy­cling medals over a dop­ing scan­dal, dis­graced US icon Lance Arm­strong will suf­fer a fresh hu­mil­i­a­tion this week­end at the hands of an English town which will burn him in ef­figy.

The 30-foot (nine-me­tre) steel-framed fig­ure, dressed in a Tour de France leader's yel­low jersey, will be torched on Satur­day dur­ing the an­nual Guy Fawkes or Bon­fire Night cel­e­bra­tions in Eden­bridge in Kent, south­east Eng­land.

The Arm­strong ef­figy also sports a badge around its neck say­ing "Jim Fixed It For Me", a ref­er­ence to the late British tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Jimmy Sav­ile, who has been ac­cused of wide­spread child sex abuse. Eden­bridge Bon­fire So­ci­ety said Sav­ile had been an­other po­ten­tial can­di­date to be burned in ef­figy this year, along with British fi­nance min­is­ter Ge­orge Os­borne and the hook- handed rad­i­cal Is­lamic preacher Abu Hamza. Hamza was ex­tra­dited to the United States last month to face ter­ror charges.

" We had a short­list which in­cluded Jimmy Sav­ile but it was de­cided it would not be nice to use him, as a lot of chil­dren at­tend the bon­fire and they might start ask­ing their par­ents ques­tions," said so­ci­ety co- or­di­na­tor Charles Laver.

Os­borne was viewed as "a bit bor­ing", so Arm­strong won out, Laver said, adding: "He's bet­ter be­cause he's brighter. We're very pleased with it." Rev­ellers across Bri­tain cel­e­brate with bon­fires and fire­works on or around Novem­ber 5 to mark a failed 1605 plot to blow up par­lia­ment and kill king James I. Tra­di­tion­ally they burn an ef­figy, which for cen­turies rep­re­sented Catholic rebel Guy Fawkes, the leader of the so- called Gun­pow­der Plot.

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