Three giants turn heads in Uckfield High Street

Three giants swayed down Uckfield High Street in a May Parade with children and staff from Holy Cross Primary School.

This is the third year the parade has been held. It began as a celebration of a ‘Good’ award from Ofsted in 2017 and has become a popular activity.holy-cross-may-parade-8

Children and staff were bedecked in flowers, foliage and fairy wings to celebrate the start of summer – and for once it didn’t rain on their parade.

The three giants were a family made at the school. New this year were a wife and child made by Year 6 children as a creative activity after their hard work in SATS.

Also taking part in the parade, which began at Holy Cross school and meandered to the High Street, were a melodion player and a boom box on wheels.holy-cross-may-parade-1

When the children reached the High Street they stopped, turned on the music and sang songs such as Sussex By the Sea, which has become a school anthem.

A crowd of parents and locals gathered to enjoy the spectacle and tunes.

Headteacher, Mrs Cathy Dart said: “We initially started this parade to celebrate Holy Cross School being awarded Good by Ofsted back in March 2017.


“We had such good fun that first time three years ago that we decided to do it again and again. And our May Parade tradition was born.”

The parade is now a way for the school to celebrate the changing of the seasons and to welcome the start of summer.

It sees children and staff dressed in green clothes, wearing painted masks in spring colours and flower crowns and fancy hats on their heads.


“It’s a great way for the children to have some fun, show off the songs they practice every week in school and celebrate that summer is nearly here,” added Mrs Dart.

“This is a Holy Cross School tradition now. And we love it.”

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