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Bonfire night goes off with a bang

Residents of Lewes walk through the town centre Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Hundreds of fireworks are being set off across the country this evening as Britain celebrates Bonfire Night.

In Lewes in East Sussex up to 80,000 are expected to attend this evening's festivities.

Women dressed as soldiers march in Lewes Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Six bonfire societies in the town compete to have the best costumes, displays and models.

The tradition started because local people wanted to commemorate protestant martyrs who were burned at the stake in Lewes, as well as Guy Fawkes.

A woman in a feathered mask walks through Lewes town centre Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

You can find out more about the Lewes Bonfire Celebrations on ITV Meridian.