Up to 1,000 people threw an all-night party to watch the moon turn red.

The revellers built bonfires between the piers on Brighton beach as they celebrated a rare lunar eclipse, with the Earth passing between the sun and the moon.

They used the social networking website Facebook to spread the word about the event. The eclipse, which will not be repeated until September 28, 2015, began at 1.43am and ended at 5.09am.

Numbers were swelled by people leaving nightclubs in the early hours. At 3am, when the moon was totally eclipsed, there were thought to be about 600 people on the beach. At 6am numbers had fallen to about 60 people.

Fire crews were called to douse the bonfires. Police said the event passed peacefully despite the large numbers. No arrests were made.

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