In pics: Huge crowds turn out for Bonfire Night celebrations

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Tens of thousands of Bonfire Night revellers have braved the cold to watch spectacular fireworks and processions across the country.

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In the small Devon town of Ottery St Mary, locals carried the traditional Tar Barrels through the streets (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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It is thought that the event began as a pagan ritual to cleanse the streets of evil spirits (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Each of the town's central pubs sponsors a barrel for the event (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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The barrels are soaked in tar, set ablaze and then hoisted up onto local people's backs and shoulders (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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The custom is said to have originated in the 17th century (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Weinstein effigy
Meanwhile, an effigy of Harvey Weinstein went up in flames at a bonfire celebration in Kent (John Stillwell/PA)

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Edenbridge Bonfire Society said the Hollywood film producer was the "obvious" option this year after the abuse allegations against him came to light (John Stillwell/PA)

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Organised by a team of volunteers, the evening began at 6.30pm with a torch-lit carnival procession through Edenbridge High Street (John Stillwell/PA)

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More than 10,000 people attend the annual event, with families visiting from London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent (John Stillwell/PA)

The Battersea Park fireworks over Albert Bridge, in London
Elsewhere, spectacular fireworks were on display over Battersea Park in London (Victoria Jones/PA)