Families flock to Uckfield late-night shopping

Uckfield Late-Night Shopping cemented its place tonight (December 7) as one of the town’s ‘must go to’ family events.

The High Street was packed with people enjoying entertainment at every turn while others thronged the shops.

Today’s morning rain had gone to leave a clear but cold evening – a perfect backdrop for people to be about and get into the spirit of Christmas.

As usual, the Christmas tree festival at Holy Cross Church, was open and attracted people to marvel at more than 100 decorated trees from businesses, groups and charities.

The festival goes on until Sunday and details of opening times are within this story.

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A glimpse of the Christmas trees in Holy Cross Church. More pictures are at the end of this story.

New this year was a Christmas market at the Luxford Centre.

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Some of the artists and craftspeople at the Christmas Market in the Luxford Centre.

At the other end of town, outside Bridge Cottage, Uckfield Concert Brass entertained with a lively selection of carols and Christmas music.

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Uckfield Concert Brass in the courtyard of Bridge Cottage.

In between there was a display by the fire service, children’s rides, stalls, and street entertainment, including displays by youngsters from Universal Dance.

Two ‘pop-up’ stages provided live entertainment – children singing on one and adults on the other, where town mayor, Spike Mayhew, acted as MC and later sang.

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Uckfield Town Mayor, Spike Mayhew, with one of the artists at the second stage for Uckfield Late-Night Shopping

Staff in some shops were in fancy dress and at the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice Charity Shop the Snowman from the famous Raymond Briggs’ story was popular with children and adults alike.

The King’s Church staged a Nativity scene, supported by a very well behaved donkey.

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A nativity scene staged by King’s Church.

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A donkey makes friends during late night shopping.

The whole event, organised by Uckfield Chamber of Commerce, saw the High Street closed between Grange Road and the traffic lights near Boots.

Car parking at the railway station car park, and the one at Bell Walk, was free for the evening.

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Emma Cannadine and Justine Aldridge at Paws n Claws.

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Chestnut Tree children’s hospice charity shop manager Fizz Dean and Marc Woodcock are pictured with The Snowman.

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Uckfield Lions are pictured with Santa in his sleigh in Olives Yard.

Towfique Ahmed from Amira’s Kitchen who had a stall in Civic Approach during late night shopping.
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Artists Natalie Banton and Kate Herbert-Roche join Catherine Sayers, manager, and Janine Spoffort at Freeman Forman.

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Rotarians who helped people sign ribbons for to go on a Christmas tree of memories on the corner of High Street and Civic Approach.

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Rebecca Weddell displaying her hand made glass beads in Rowland Gorringe estate agents.

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Tim Benians of Uckfield Framing is with Mike Symons and Stephanie Bennison of Rowland Gorringe.

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Outside Bridge Cottage.

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One of the stalls in Bridge Cottage.

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More stalls upstairs in Bridge Cottage.

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You never know who you will meet at Uckfield Late-Night Shopping. Our photographer found an angel – Andrew Ritchie from King’s Church.

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Make-believe world created by Avril and Albert Maton

Each year Avril and Albert Maton create a spectacular tree with creatures living in a make-believe world beneath.

The couple can be seen with their tree below and there are more pictures giving you an idea of the detail that goes into their work.

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See also:

Uckfield parkrun gets thumbs up from town councillors

Time to act to comply with Making Tax Digital regulations

Nutley Primary School celebrates 165th anniversary

Former pupil gives school Christmas tree

Maria Mann – Uckfield businesswoman of the year

Find local organisations in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

 

 

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