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Lewes Bonfire night: 'racist' costumes to be altered

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Participants parade through the town of Lewes during the annual event Credit: Victoria Jones/PA

One of the societies taking part in this year's Lewes Bonfire night has agreed to alter its costumes after being accused of racism.

A social media campaign was launched to try to stop members of the Lewes Borough Bonfire Society from dressing up as Zulus and painting their faces black, as they have in previous events.

The group have continued to keep in touch with a Zulu ethnic group and have reviewed their approach, telling ITV Meridian they want to honour the Zulu warriors and be even more authentic.

They'll be using less black paint on their faces and fewer adornments on their costumes.

Organiser Mick Symes said "We'll be walking into the parade with our heads held high."

John spoke to Ch Supt Neil Honnor, Sussex Police, Nigel Cusack, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, Brighton Kemptown, Lab.