Uckfield beacon to be lit on Friday to mark VJ Day

Events are to be held in Uckfield on Friday evening and Saturday evening to commemorate 70 years since Victory Over Japan Day which marked the end of World War II.

On Friday residents are invited to the Victoria Pleasure Ground from 8pm where Uckfield Performance Ensemble band will play music from the 1940s.

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Uckfield beacon ablaze.

At 9.25pm a trumpeter will sound a fanfare and Mayor Cllr Louise Eastwood, will light the beacon at 9.32pm.

On Saturday evening outside the Civic Centre at 7pm there will be two minutes silence and a war veteran will raise the union flag.

Norman Mayers from the Royal British Legion has called for everyone in town to join in the silence to pay tribute to all those who served in the UK Armed Forces in the Far East.

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Members of the Swingshift band.

After that there will be a Victory over Japan music night with the Swingshift Big Band (East Sussex). This is an 18-piece big band based in Uckfield and formed by trumpeter Jonathan Bailey and trombonist Alan Seymour.

The event will start at 8pm but the bar will be open from 7.30pm.

Cllr Eastwood thanked the following people for assisting with the organisation of the Friday evening event at the Victoria Ground: Cllrs Mick Dean, Jackie Love and Donna French. She added special thanks to Alex Butcher and Jez Beesley and said that without their help the event couldn’t have come to fruition.

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