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In Pictures: Burning Boris effigy and flaming tar barrels for November 5

Lewes Borough Bonfire Society is well known for burning effigies of high-profile political figures such as Donald Trump and Sepp Blatter.

The skies around Lewes have been lit up by fiery orange as the East Sussex town celebrates November 5.

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Participants parade through the town of Lewes Gareth Fuller/PA)

Lewes Borough Bonfire Society is well known for burning effigies of high-profile political figures such as Donald Trump and Sepp Blatter.

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(Gareth Fuller/PA)

This year was no different, with former foreign secretary Boris Johnson making an appearance before being set on fire.

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An effigy of Boris Johnson is paraded through the town of Lewes (Gareth Fuller/PA)

An effigy of Prime Minister Theresa May was paraded through the town.

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The Theresa May effigy was clad in leopardprint (Gareth Fuller/PA)

And Southern Trains was also the focus for the town’s creativity.

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The Lewes ghost train recognises the problems the town has had with Southern Railway and Govia Thameslink (LBBS/Mick Symes/PA)

As many as 60,000 people have attended Lewes Bonfire Night in the past, and emergency services have made their annual plea urging people not to travel to the town.

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A photographer takes pictures of participants as they parade through the town of Lewes (Gareth Fuller/PA)
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(Gareth Fuller/PA)
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The Lewes Bonfire Societies (Gareth Fuller/PA)
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Participants parade through the town (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Meanwhile, youngsters in the West Country town of Ottery St Mary have been taking part in the long-time tradition of carrying burning tar barrels.

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(Ben Birchall/PA)
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Children from the village of Ottery St Mary in Devon carry the traditional burning tar barrels through the streets of the village (Ben Birchall/PA)

The tar barrel tradition is hundreds of years old. The exact origins are unknown, but may have started after the gunpowder plot of 1605.

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A barrel is rolled before children (Ben Birchall/PA)

Various alternative reasons suggested for burning barrels have included fumigation of cottages and as a warning of the approach of the Spanish Armada.

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Children in fiery action (Ben Birchall/PA)
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(Ben Birchall/PA)
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Children in fiery action (Ben Birchall/PA)
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(Ben Birchall/PA)

And in North Yorkshire, a bonfire in the shape of a Christmas sleigh filled with presents was set alight in Skinningrove.

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(Danny Lawson/PA)
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(Danny Lawson/PA)

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