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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.

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.

(Gareth Fuller/PA)

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

(Ben Birchall/PA)
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.

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.

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

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

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


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