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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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Donald Trump takes centre stage at Lewes bonfire celebrations

Around forty thousand people have celebrated bonfire night in Lewes. Sussex Police say spectator numbers were down on previous years because of a strike on Southern Rail. But the event still attracted huge crowds with American presidential candidate Donald Trump making not one but three appearances, as Tom Savvides explains.

Crowds celebrate bonfire night in Lewes despite rail strike

Crowds have celebrated the traditional bonfire night celebrations in Lewes, in spite of a strike on Southern Rail. This is what some of the spectators had to say.

Lewes Bonfire night procession - were you there?

Around 40,000 people were in Lewes last night for the annual bonfire night celebrations. The procession weaved through the town's streets ahead of the main event.

Up to 40,000 people attend Lewes bonfire event

Sussex Police said between 30,000 and 40,000 people attended the Lewes Bonfire celebrations.

Crowds were believed to be small for a Saturday. Numbers are usually counted through the train station, however the strike meant there were no trains into Lewes after midday.

Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor said: "This event takes months of preparation, planning and working with our fellow emergency services and partners, as well as the bonfire societies. Our aim is always to provide a safe environment for both participants and spectators.

"Lewes was busy as it always is for bonfire night and I am very grateful to all those who worked hard during the evening to ensure that everyone had a safe and enjoyable evening.”

South East Coast Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance treated around 81 people for injuries, most relatively minor.

By 1.30am police had made a total of two arrests for possession of a knife and affray. A number of people given tickets for throwing fireworks.


Six fire engines called to East Sussex County Hall

Fire engines at County Hall in Lewes

Six fire engines and up to 40 firefighters are dealing with a fire on the second floor of County Hall in Lewes. Crews from Lewes itself, Barcombe, Roedean, Hove, Newhaven and Uckfield are in attendance, as are a Command Unit from Bexhill and other fire service officials.

The firefighters were called to the Headquarters of East Sussex County council at 6.44am. There have been no reports of anyone in the building. It not yet known what caused the fire to start.

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