Christmas lights were switched on in Uckfield yesterday adding to a festive feeling begun when shops added sparkle to their windows.
Next to come will be the town’s Christmas tree which, as is the tradition, will be in the fenced area next to the Nat West Bank.
The tree, which is supplied, and set in place, by C J Thorne Engineering is due to go up on Saturday afternoon. Local business people contributed to new lights which were first seen last year.
During the morning the tree will be decorated in Thorne’s yard and then brought into town by lorry.
After lockdown members of the Rotary Club of Uckfield, and friends, will start collecting money for local causes.
Roy Thompson from the club says everything will be socially distanced with collecting taking place only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays up until Christmas.
Collectors will be behind the fencing, also making sure they stay out of the way of queuing Nat West customers.
The Rotarians have special buckets into which money can be donated, and there will be a contactless card reader too.
The tree will be decorated with white ribbons, including messages, in memory of family members and friends. More information will be available via the Rotary Club website, Facebook page, and a Justgiving page.
Mr Thompson said: “The Rotary Club of Uckfield, and our kind friends at C J Thorne Engineering wants to ensure that the town is brightened up as much as possible and that the Chamber of Commerce is fully supported.
“Holy Cross Church are this year having a virtual Christmas Tree Festival and the Rotary Club contribution to this will be the fully lit tree in the centre of Uckfield. Many thanks to Nat West, Fuller and Scott funeral directors, and Gale and Woolgar jewellers.”
The Rotary Club is currently raffling five large hampers of food and Christmas goodies. Tickets can be bought from Rotarians and friends and through the club’s Facebook page.
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