Sussex

Revellers descend on Lewes for bonfire celebrations

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Image caption Several Donald Trump effigies were paraded through the town

Tens of thousands of people have been taking part in the bonfire celebrations in the East Sussex town of Lewes.

Armed police were on patrol amid greater security at the annual event because of "the national security threat".

A Southern rail strike meant no trains stopped in the town or at nearby stations, although spectator numbers were still healthy.

Several effigies of Donald Trump were paraded through the town.

One Twitter user, Heeeere's Michael, described the atmosphere as "awesome".

A surreal evening of fire and fury

"Half the town are wearing society colours, the other half are boarding up windows," he said.

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Image caption The annual celebration is one of the largest of its type in the UK
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Image caption The number of visitors heading to Lewes for bonfire night can be as high as 40,000
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Image caption The annual celebration unites the town's seven bonfire societies

As every year, shop windows were boarded up ahead of the processions through the streets of Lewes by six of the seven bonfire societies in the town.

More than 30 different processions made their way through the town.

Each society then held a bonfire, followed by a firework display.

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Image caption The three effigies of Donald Trump drew the biggest reaction from the crowds
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Image caption The Southern rail strike had caused fears that spectator numbers would be down
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Image caption During the celebrations the town's 17,000 population nearly doubles

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