ONE of the world’s biggest bonfire night celebrations is being held tonight.

Lewes Bonfire Night 2019 will see thousands of revellers flood the town to enjoy a night of fireworks and fun.

The celebration will see seven societies prepare a range of different costumes and decorations which will be on display as they take part in a pyrotechnic parade through the streets.


In past years, large effigies of public, often political, figures have been burned.

The Argus:

Last year these included Theresa May and Boris Johnson.

After organisers raised “serious concerns” about overcrowding at the event, people from outside the Lewes area are being urged not to travel to it.

After 4.45pm several major roads leading into the town will be closed in an attempt to prevent an excess of people in Lewes.

After 5pm, no trains will call at Lewes, Glynde, or Southease stations. No trains will call at Cooksbridge station after the 5.20pm service to Eastbourne. And no trains will serve Falmer station after the 6.40pm service to Hastings.

The Argus:

Police Superintendent Howard Hodges urged people to “stay local”.

“There are a number of other events taking place around Sussex and we’re urging everyone to attend an event near them,” he said.