Rooney effigy to go up in flames
Published 03/11/2010 | 15:30
A bonfire society has unveiled its annual Guy in the form of scandal-hit striker Wayne Rooney.
The 49ft creation, complete with green Shrek-style ears to mock the Manchester United ace's likeness to the animated ogre, will go up in flames at Edenbridge Bonfire Society's annual parade and display on Saturday.
With crowds of up to 15,000 spectators expected, the steel-framed structure is packed full of fireworks to ensure the footballer goes up with a bang.
Dressed in full kit, including the club's famous red shirt, the effigy depicts Rooney clutching a copy of his lucrative new five-year contract under one arm, while in his other hand is a holdall full of cash.
Charles Laver, of the Kent-based society, said Rooney was chosen as this year's guy after being plastered all over the tabloids in recent months.
In September he hit the headlines over allegations he slept with two prostitutes while wife Coleen was pregnant with their son Kai.
Then his loyalty to Manchester United was thrown into doubt when he suggested he would leave, before going on to sign the new contract with the club.
Mr Laver said: "I hate football myself so I'm quite happy to burn a footballer.
"One of our members is a big Man U fan, so he's been advising us on getting all the details of the kit just right."
Past celebrity guys include Cherie Blair, Gordon Brown and Russell Brand, while last year an effigy of glamour model Katie Price was burnt at the stake.