Uckfield Carnival will once again open the Sussex Bonfire season this year with a spectacular procession through the town on Saturday, September 3.
The carnival and bonfire society has issued a statement after some concerns the High Street roadworks would not allow the colourful event to go ahead.
The statement said:
“Over the past few weeks Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society have received several enquiries and comments suggesting people have heard that the 2016 Uckfield Carnival will not be taking place due to the roadworks.
Plenty of room for processions
“This is not the case and the society are delighted to confirm that the 2016 Uckfield Carnival will be going ahead.
“The chair of Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society, Jackie Love, said ‘The society will be working closely with Uckfield Town Council and Wealden District Council to ensure that the Carnival can go ahead as in previous years. As there will be a one-way traffic system in place there will be plenty of room for the Carnival processions. We will keep everyone informed as we get closer to 3 September just in case any minor changes to the programme are needed’.
Invitation to annual meeting
“Throughout the months leading up to the Carnival the society will be working hard on fundraising, torch making and numerous other jobs needed to ensure the people of Uckfield have an enjoyable and safe night on Saturday 3 September 2016.”
The society’s annual meeting will be held at 8pm on Tuesday, March 8, in Uckfield Civic Centre.]
Everyone is welcome to attend and find out a bit about what the society does.
Also go to the society’s website
During carnival day the society holds street collections and all of the money raised is donated to various local organisations and good causes.
From the 2015 street collections £4100 is being donated in varying amounts to 36 local organisations at the annual presentation evening in the Luxford Centre on February 27.
A spokesperson said: “The society currently has around 20 active members who work throughout the year to make all of the arrangements and fund-raise to put on an enjoyable event for the town. On Carnival day we are joined by many more helpers who get involved with things like road closures, torch running, lorry driving, collecting money or just walking in the processions.”