THE much anticipated Lewes Bonfire returned last night following a year's break due to Covid.

Hundreds lined the streets of the Sussex town to watch the procession and fireworks display throughout the evening.

Despite road closures since 4.45pm, many managed to make their way to Lewes town centre to watch the parade.

The various societies began to take their turn marching the bridge over the River Ouse at around 6pm.

Emergency services were on standby with police officers at the toilets and ambulances waiting in nearby streets.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue called the event a "largely trouble-free" occasion but that it had been busier than 2019's celebrations - estimating that 25,000 to 30,000 people attended.

There were a total of six arrests made and paramedics treated around 50 people for various injuries including to hands and face.

A woman was also rescued from the River Ouse after falling in at around 6.20pm. She did not require hospital treatment.

Members of the parades seemed to enjoy the evening, Teresa from South Street says Bonfire Night this year has been a “good one”.

Stewards then took the societies to their own bonfires which were lit at around 8.30pm.

Mother and daughter Roxy and Samaa were guided around by a friend in one of the bonfire societies.

“It’s very exciting, we’ve been every year and it’s a different buzz this year," they said.

Netwerks cafe in Fisher Street. Meg, Andy Danny and Louise worked all night to keep attendees full.

Meg said: “It’s been very busy tonight. We’ve been selling hot chocolate, sausage rolls and all sorts.

“We’ve only been open 8 weeks. One of us out front, one running and two out the back."

Fireworks began as the processions were winding down, giving a lovely view over the river.

Police say a clean up operation began at around 12.45am in order to reopen the roads.

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