PICTURE GALLERY: Burning the Clocks parade 2017

Thousands took part in a lantern parade through Brighton this evening (December 21), lighting up the longest night of the year.

The Burning of the Clocks is an annual event with around 2,000 participants carrying lanterns and lights through the city, and thousands more lining the streets as spectators.

The Burning the Clocks parade

The Burning the Clocks parade

The parade started at New Road at 6.30pm, travelled up North Street, through The Lanes and to the seafront, where a bonfire and fire show took place.

The event is organised by charity Same Sky, which fundraises for the lantern parade through bucket collections on the night for the following year's event, and through crowdfunding.