It rained and rained at the Uckfield celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday last night but those who braved the weather enjoyed themselves.
The RAF display team the Red Arrows flew over early in the proceedings on their way to Bristol.
Children chased each other around the Victoria Pleasure Ground as if it was a sunny day.
There was a bar and burgers, the chance to watch the England v Russia football match in a TV tent, and Sussex Support Service did a roaring trade in teas, coffees and cake in the pavilion.
Hardy townspeople were treated to great performances on stage from organisations such as the Uckfield Singers, Uckfield Theatre Guild and Clubbercise. There was a ‘the show must go on’ attitude amongst the performers and those attending.
Debs Dancers had hoped to perform too but were unable to take part because a mini stage they were due to use along with the main stage was waterlogged and the rain showed no signs of stopping.
Deborah Lamb said it was very disappointing for the dancers who had been rehearsing during the afternoon and were all ready, made up and waiting to go on. She had left it until the last minute to make the decision that it wasn’t safe for them to perform.
The rain did eventually stop and spectators who stayed were treated to a spectacular fireworks display, which was enjoyed by many more people from the comfort of their own homes across town.
We have two short videos, (1) showing some of the fireworks display and (2) featuring short extracts from some of the stage acts.
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