Uckfield’s beacon blazed on the Victoria Pleasure Ground (tonight) as fireworks exploded, bringing to an end the day’s 70th anniversary VE events.
Around 300 people attended to enjoy free soup and cakes prepared by Dee Johnson to traditional recipes.
Community singing was led by the Uckfield Singers while throughout the evening 1940s music was played alongside excerpts from Winston Churchill’s speeches.
The evening was organised by Uckfield Royal British Legion, supported by the town council which gave a grant to help cover costs.
Town mayor, Ian Smith, acted as MC.
Norman Mayers, secretary of Uckfield Royal British Legion, gave a reading paying tribute to all who served in World War Two. Trumpeter was Andy Bamford from Uckfield Concert Brass.
Father David Ashton blessed the beacon, which had been primed by members of the town’s bonfire society, and was lit by the mayor.
Ashdown AV staged the fireworks display.
Earlier in the day, there was a two minutes’ silence outside the Civic Centre, report and pictures here and people dressed in period costume to see special screening of the film, A Royal Night Out – report and pictures here.
On Saturday (May 9) there will be a peal of bells will sound from Holy Cross Church as part of the celebrations at 11am and on Sunday there will be a special service at the church at 9.30am.
Click on the photographs below in the gallery to enlarge.
We also have a short video for you showing the intensity of the beacon blaze
And also a short video on the Uckfield Singers leading the audience in the 1939 song made famous by Dame Vera Lynn, who lives not far from Uckfield at Ditchling, We’ll Meet Again.