Preparations are under way in Uckfield to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee on Monday, June 4.
Ideas a torchlight procession, the lighting of a new beacon at the Victoria Pleasure Ground and a firework display.
There will be a competition for best prince, princess, king and queen with a fancy dress parade – with a red, white and blue theme – from Elizabeth Gardens to the Victoria Pleasure Ground where there will be more entertainment leading up to the ceremonial lighting of the beacon and the firework display.
Community organisations, groups and bodies, such as the Uckfield Lions and the Bonfire and Carnival Society are involved in planning the events.
A press release from the town council early on in planning said Uckfield had historic links with Queen Elizabeth II because she was once a frequent guest of Lord Rupert Nevil at Uckfield House and latterly at Horsted Place.
It went on to say the Victoria Ground was a “particularly appropriate place” to commemorate the event as it was originally gifted to the people of Uckfield by the Streatfeild family to celebrate the jubilee of Queen Victoria and had been the venue for royal events in the past.
“It also commands unrivalled views towards the Downs, making it an ideal place to see other beacons that will be lit on the night, as well as being at an elevation which means an aerial firework display can be enjoyed from across the town,” says the press release.
The event is expected to finish about about 10.30pm after a firework display and lighting of the beacon. Singing – including the National Anthem – will be led by the Uckfield Singers and the Uckfield Concert Brass.
Shops have been asked to dress their frontage windows for the occasion in the four weeks leading up to the event. To add to this town centre floral displays will favour red, white and blue.
Times given so far are:
6pm Event starts at Victoria Ground
7.30pm Procession leaves Elizabeth Gardens
8pm Procession arrives at Victoria Ground
8pm Local entertainers perform at the Victoria Ground
10.30pm Firework display and lighting of beacon
Story updated on Sunday, April 29, 2012.