Despite severe travel disruption and a potential terrorist threat, tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Lewes to celebrate the town's annual bonfire night.

The sight of alarmed police officers was initially rather jarring although an understandable safety measure after the terror attacks in Nice on Bastille Day earlier this year.

In reality, the only sign of disorder at the wildly popular event - one of the world's biggest bonfire nights - were those who ignored police instruction and ducked under the rope to get onto the street and gain a better vantage point of proceedings.

Two massive effigies of Donald Trump were burned at the end of the night having been carted through the streets. One depicted the US presidential candidate riding a rodeo bull and the other showed him in an automobile, toting two pistols.

Visitors from various parts of the UK said that they had navigated the Southern Rail strikes and lack of parking facilities by either staying with local friends and relatives or parking some distance outside the town and walking in.

The general tone was one of bonhomie and respectful observation - occasionally broken by the shocked yelp of a crowd member who had the misfortune to be stood nearby to an exploded banger dropped by one of the marching society members.