Uckfield’s Virtual Carnival takes place today, Saturday, September 5, with the star of the show being a real fireworks display which should be visible from across town.
The Coronavirus, and need for social distancing, means the usual spectacular children’s and torchlight parades which attract thousands of spectators cannot take place.
So Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society is doing the next best thing to keep the tradition alive and celebrating online.
First, at about 8.30pm, a film will be shown, via the society’s Facebook page, carrying footage from past carnivals, and pictures from local residents, before a live stream of bonfire prayers led by Fr John Wall.
Society members will light fire banners and then, as it gets dark, a full aerial fireworks display will be held over the centre of town.
Look out during the day tomorrow for society members who, as usual on carnival day, will be out and about with collecting buckets seeking donations of small change for local charities.
An online Crowdfunder has been set up this year to boost those efforts and donations made there will be gratefully received.