Bonfire celebrations got off to an early start in the UK town of East Grinstead last saturday, and the hiring of two scantily leather-clad women for the evening’s entertainment has caused a minor uproar.
The event, as most bonfire nights are, was aimed at entertaining a family audience, but when Samantha Harberd and Flic Louise showed up in not very much at all, many questioned if their performance was suitable for kids.
The two put on a daring stunt display that left the crowd in awe, perhaps not all for the same reason.
The show included angle-grinding, with sparks flying from their crotches 20ft into the cold night sky, and fire-breathing, all while the performers wore nothing but a skimpy leather one-pieces.
But the town mayor, the mind-blowingly named Dick Sweatman, has defended the display, suggesting more people were concerned with their safety than how their clothing was perceived.
I don’t think anyone minded that the girls’ were dressed in skimpy outfits.
Their performances were very theatrical and I think everyone enjoyed it.
I think most people were just worried about them being cold.”
The stunts are undeniably impressive, but it is hard to take any defence seriously from a man whose name sounds like a consequence of the performance.