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VIDEO: Thousands turn out for Lewes bonfire

Tens of thousands of people turned out in Lewes in Sussex for the largest Bonfire Night in the country last night.

Police had warned non-locals to stay away amid increasing concern that crowds were becoming too large.

This year's event had sparked controversy involving a troupe of African dancers. Derek Johnson reports.

Derek spoke to Zulu dancer Thandanani Gumede and Mike Symes from the Lewes Bonfire Society.

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The latest from Lewes

Our reporter Andy Dickenson caught up with Conservative candidate Maria Caulfield, who won in Lewes with an increased majority and Liberal Democrat candidate Kelly Marie Blundell.

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A27 reopened at Lewes after waste fire

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The A27 is now reopened at Lewes after a fire at a recycling plant.

Around 40 firefighters were sent to the blaze at Greystone Quarry in Southerham just after 7pm yesterday where 200 tonnes of scrap metal was alight.

Drivers are advised to keep windows closed when passing the scene.

Diversions in place for A27 traffic after waste fire

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Firefighters are still at the scene of a fire at a recycling plant in Lewes.

The A27 will remain closed in both directions during rush hour.

Around 40 firefighters were sent to the blaze at Greystone Quarry in Southerham just after 7pm yesterday where 200 tonnes of scrap metal was alight.

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The diversion for eastbound traffic is via the A26 northbound to the junction with the A22, then the A22 southbound to rejoin the A27."

"The diversion for westbound traffic is via the A26 southbound to the junction with the A259, then the A259 westbound to the junction with the A23, then the A23 northbound via London Road to rejoin the A27."

– Highways England
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Full report: Folk legend returns to the stage - and singing - after 38 years

A remarkable story about a remarkable woman.

55 years ago Shirley Collins began a career as a folk singer, touring and recording more than 20 albums.

But when she suffered a broken heart she lost the ability to sing - and had to stop performing altogether.

Now at the age of 81, she's back and appearing at the Brighton Festival. Andy Dickenson reports.

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