Flaming torches, processions and fabulous costumes come to Uckfield today as the carnival and bonfire society puts on spectacular displays.
Children’s fancy dress
Events begin with the children’s fancy dress procession at 1.30pm.
It will start at the railway station car park heading through town to Southview Drive and head back from there to the Holy Cross School Field (or the Civic Centre if it is raining) for fancy dress judging at 2.20pm. There will be rolling road closures from 1.30-2.30pm.
Look out for Rocks Park school entry
Look out for the Rocks Park School entry. The theme this year is based on plastic pollution in our oceans and the props have been made from materials that would otherwise have been thrown away.
Wendy Wheatley says: “We have made a whale from card and plastic packaging, fish from plastic bottles attached to bamboo poles and one of our teaching assistants has made a dress from crisp packets.”
Here are pictures of the work in progress:
Adults fancy dress
The adults’ fancy dress judging will take place in Elizabeth Gardens in Grange Road at 6.30pm and the tableaux will assemble in Bell Lane at 6.45pm. Roads will be closed from 7-10pm with no exit from Luxford car park during that time.
Grand torchlight procession
The grand torchlight procession is scheduled to begin in Grange Road at 7.30pm.
It will make it way down the High Street, across the River Uck into New Town. The route goes via New Place, Harcourt Road, Vernon Road Road, Selby Road, and into Framfield Road before it goes back up the High Street. The final torchlight procession begins in Southview Drive at 9pm.
Bonfire prayers will take place outside the Cinque Ports Club at 9.10pm and presentations will be made at 10pm at the Civic Centre.
The programme may be subject to change.
D-Day and bonfire history to be remembered
This year’s events will mark the 75th anniversary of World War 2 D-Day landings, remembering those who took part and those who were lost.
Jackie Love chair of the society says, in the carnival programme, that the history of bonfire, and its different events – the gunpowder plot, The Sussex Martyrs, Smuggling – will also be remembered.
She says the Sussex tradition, celebrated in villages and towns also gives the chance to raise money for charities and good causes, and £60,000 was raised across the county last year.
Jackie says: “What other tradition can claim this, alongside bringing thousands from our communities together and to keep our county as one?
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