Uckfield Rugby Club’s 50th anniversary fete has been turned into a two day extravaganza which begins today.
BMX and parachute displays are all part of the fun planned for the weekend and events today on Luxford Field include a BMX show, football skills show, piano smashing, stalls, including food, and face-painting.
Tomorrow activities transfer to the rugby club’s own premises when a fanfare of activities are planned around a rugby match to be played against Sussex XV.
The rugby ball itself will be delivered in spectacular fashion by a parachute display team.
Also planned for the second day of celebrations is a return of Duck on the Uck when plastic ducks will be raced along the river next to the rugby club ground.
The programme for the two days of events is as follows:
Saturday, August 26
At Luxford Field:
12.00 Fete opens with the unveiling of the new URFC mascot
12.10 Dance display
12.30 First round 4 club challenge (tug of war and wheel barrow race)
13.25 First BMX Show
14.15 Football skills show
14.30 Dog Show
1500 Second BMX show
1600 2nd round club challenge (piano smash and egg throw)
17.30 Open Mic
Sunday, August 27
At Uckfield Rugby Club club house on Hempstead Fields:
1300 Grounds and bar open
1400 Duck on the Uck race
1455 The Tigers Parachute display team fly in
1500 The big match Uckfield v Sussex Xv
18.30 Live band- Revival
The BMX Show
There’s only one BMX team in the UK that moves in and out of a shared arena and when The BMX Show comes to Uckfield riders are expected to fly through the air performing breath-taking tricks and stunts. Tricks include an audience favourite The Backflip.
The Tigers Parachute Display Team
The Tigers are experienced parachutists from The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.
Members of the display team are expected to drop into the arena, smoke trailing, flags flying, performing amazing formations both in the air and under the parachute … and bringing with them the rugby ball which will be used in a match between Uckfield Rugby Club and Sussex XV.
Football skills show
TV presenter Dan Magness started out as a football freestyler performing phenomenal football tricks at events across the world and he will be at the Uckfield Rugby Club fete at 2.15pm on Saturday at Luxford Field.
In 2009 Dan became the first person in the world to keep a ball in the air for 24 hours without dropping it. A few months later he tackled a 36-mile walk across London keeping a football up the whole time.
In June 2010 he extended his 24-hour record by two hours. May 2012 saw Dan smash another record by walking from Wembley Stadium, London, to Old Trafford, Manchester, keeping a ball up the whole time. The 210 journey took him 11 days and burned approximately 8000 calories a day.
Football skills and numerous Guinness World Records aside Magness is a familiar face on TV screens after filming commercials, documentaries and his own TV series Football Freestyler.