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November 5th saw the annual Bonfire Night in the Sussex town of Lewes, as tens of thousands flocked to the streets to see the processions and the fireworks.

The bonfire night in Lewes dates back centuries, once notorious for its violence and burning effigies of the Pope, today's celebrations are a more good natured affair. In Lewes, perhaps the most famed Bonfire Night in England, the events origins dates back to 1557 and the rule of the Catholic Queen Mary who had 17 Protestant burned at the stake in the town.

The event was made official in 1858 when the Cliffe and Borough Bonfire society's were formed. Today they are joined by three other societies; Commercial Square, Waterloo, and South Street along with many societies from the surrounding towns and villages. As in previous years, each society marched through the town centre, stopping at the war memorial to perform a remembrance ceremony and then proceeded to their bonfires and put on fireworks displays. The streets in the town centre were closed to make way for the torch-lit parades which are enjoyed by a crowd of up to 50,000.

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