Lewes bonfire celebrations return to light up the skies

Report by Meridian's Carolyn Sim.

Lewes bonfire night celebrations were cancelled last year, like many others, but they returned last night with a bang. There was a torchlit procession with firecrackers, effigies and of course, fireworks. Around 30,000 visitors lined the streets. 

Flaming torches were carried through the streets

Lewes' seven societies dressed in the costumes of their tradition and walked through the streets, pulled barrels and set off firecrackers. Residents were so glad to welcome the celebrations back.

Each group had its own effigy to burn. The traditional "Guy" was replaced with a double jabbed one this year, sitting on a barrel of vaccine.

A sign of the times.

Police said six people were arrested on what was, largely, a trouble free night. One person was rescued from the river but didn't need any medical treatment.

Prior to last night's celebrations in Lewes six boxes of commercial fireworks were stolen from one of the bonfire sites. Sussex Police are urging whoever took them not to use them - as they are more powerful than shop-bought fireworks and should only be used by trained people.

The night itself was an extremely busy evening and those taking part in the procession were glad to dust off their costumes.

Young and old alike enjoyed the evening.

Children with sparklers

Now it's over for another year and preparations will soon begin for the next one.