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Lewes Bonfire Night 2018

An estimated 30,000 people were in Lewes for the annual Bonfire Night celebrations in the Sussex town.

The town's Bonfire Societies spend months planning what they will do to mark the anniversary of Guy Fawkes' infamous Gunpowder Plot.

Street processions are held on Bonfire Night each year in a tradition stretching back years. Members from the Bonfire Societies walk through the streets in costumes, some carry torches lit with fire. After the processions the six societies and their invited counterparts have bonfires and displays in different parts of town.

The processions are world-famous, and thousands of people come to watch each year.

The celebrations are a cultural event dating back to the failed gunpowder plot hatched by Guy Fawkes & his co-conspirators to blow up Parliament and kill the King in London on 5 November 1605.

The plot was unsuccessful and fires were lit nationwide to celebrate the King’s survival.

The event is remembered hundreds of years late and celebrated across the country as Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night or Fireworks Night.

Charlotte Wilkins has our report.