Spectacular Uckfield carnival pauses to remember area’s Fallen from World War 1

A sea of fire moved through Uckfield tonight (September 1) as the ever spectacular carnival procession wound around the town.

Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society was supported by Bonfire societies from across Sussex, townspeople on floats as part of the tableaux, dancers and walking bands.

Huge crowds lined the streets on a balmy night and the processions stretched further than the eye could see.

This was the 191st carnival and was particular poignant because of the ceremony to mark the 132 Uckfield area Fallen from World War One.

carnival-night-remembrance-2The names of the Fallen were read by the Rector of Uckfield, Fr John Wall.

A flaming torch for each man was brought forward by a team of volunteers who extinguished the flames in a tub of water.

The Last Post was sounded. The Exhortation was given by John Carvey, a former Mayor of Uckfield.


A one minute silence was followed by Reveille and the Kohmina Epitaph.

As usual, the Grand Procession, halted at the Church Street crossroads for Bonfire prayers.  This year there was an Act of Remembrance, with the 100th anniversary of the end of the war little more than two months away.


The evening began with the judging of the adult fancy dress competition in Elizabeth Gardens as the Bonfire societies massed for the first procession which start with the sounding of a maroon.

The parade headed south, across the River Uck before going through New Town on its traditional route before returning to north to Southview Drive to regather for the Grand Procession.





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See also:

Uckfield Carnival: Early evening and everybody’s getting ready

Uckfield Carnival: Colourful children’s parade delights crowds

Amazing fireworks launch carnival

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