A banner depicting the Great Fire of London is to be lit for the final procession in this year’s Uckfield Carnival.
The spectacular event, which traditionally launches the Sussex Bonfire season and includes a lunchtime children’s procession as well as evening torchlight parades, takes place on Saturday, September 3.
The previous evening, Friday, September 2, there will a fireworks display on Holy Cross School field.
This is the 350th year since the Great Fire of London and that is why the bonfire and carnival society is remembering it at their event.
The programme, which is now being sold door to door in town for £1, also features the Great Fire on the cover with the bonfire society’s slogan “We Burn for Charity” showing prominently.
Look out too for Duke Letting sign boards around town advertising the carnival date.
Each year bonfire society members and helpers are out and about collecting money for charity. Look out for them all day on the Saturday. Last year more than £4,000 was distributed to good causes.
The collectors will be out on the Friday night too with money raised then going towards next year’s fireworks.
The display is expected to start at 9.15pm, depending on the light, and all are welcome to watch.
Children’s procession times
The children’s procession on Saturday, September 3, is due to leave the Victoria Pleasure Ground in New Town, at 1.30pm, and move through the High Street.
It should set out again from Southview Drive at 2pm and fancy dress judging should take place at Holy Cross School field at 2.20pm, or in the Civic Centre if it is wet.
Adult fancy dress judging
Adult fancy dress judging will take place in Elizabeth Gardens, Grange Road, at 6.30pm, while the tableaux will assemble in Bell Lane at 6.45pm.
Grand torchlight procession
The grand torchlight procession will leave Grange Road at 7.30pm and the final torchlight procession is due to leave Southview Drive at 9pm.
Bonfire Prayers, conducted by Holy Cross Church, will take place outside Uckfield Cinque Ports Club at 9.10pm.
Bonfire society chair Jackie Love says in the programme that new groups will be joining the children’s and evening processions this year “so watch out for some new faces and acts as well as those that support us every year, for which we are truly grateful”.
She added: “Can’t wait to see you all. To say I’m excited is a little understated.”
See how Uckfield Bonfire Society prepares for the carnival on the big day itself in this video by Wayne Sharrocks.
And here are Uckfield News pictures and reports from last year’s event: