It was all happening at late night shopping in Uckfield tonight. There was singing, dancing, mulled wine and mince pies and the town was heaving with people.
Organisations had the chance to demonstrate their skills from children singing on the town stage, to Universal Dance performing in Olives Yard and then co-ordinating a flash mob who danced in the area outside Hartfields, writes Cathy Watson.
Uckfield Singers entertained in Olives Yard too and Santa, who was accompanied by Uckfield Lions, was kept busy with young visitors who queued to see him throughout the evening.
Spirit Elite put on a show near Bridge Cottage and King’s Church provided the cast for a live nativity in Elizabeth Gardens, complete with donkey Spice, brought along by Damien Cunningham, from Sussex Horse Rescue.
Firefighters showed what NOT to do in the event of a chip pan fire – never throw water into the pan and never be tempted to cover it with a damp cloth, they said. Get out of the house and call the fire service.
Their demonstration, captured in our video below, shows why they were insistent with their message.
Putting on the demonstration were Uckfield firefighter Steve Ramsey and Raj Baksi, the fire service’s commercial training manager who runs training for businesses. Anybody interested in fire emergency training is invited to call him on 01323 462141, or email him at email@example.com.
Tressler Coachwork were there with one of their courtesy cars on a trailer and handing out balloons and mince pies and there was a barbecue run by a team from Coopers Farm doing a roaring trade outside Truffles with profits of £250 going to the Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society.
One of the team, Jackie Love, said: “We just couldn’t cook fast enough but people were so wonderful waiting. Many thanks to those that bought our burgers and sausages and thanks to people for being patient.”
The fun continues in town tomorrow with more entertainment on the town stage and favourite characters mingling with shoppers.
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