Hopes are running high that Uckfield’s successful Road Safety Week will be able to continue.
Doubts about its future were expressed after Cllr Jim Molesworth-Edwards, organiser and leading light of this popular event announced his intention to retire from Uckfield Town Council.
For the past ten years Uckfield youngsters have taken part in the annual road safety event. All primary schools join in and their budding young creative artists produce more than 300 relevant posters on ways to keep safe.
This year’s Road Safety Week involved ten primary schools, local employers, emergency services and community volunteers.
Town Mayor, Cllr Ian Smith joined forces with Cllr Jim Molesworth-Edwards and Cllr Louise Eastwood to hand out gift vouchers to the children who produced the winning posters. After the presentation, children went out on to Luxfords Field where they took part in a variety of activities organised by East Sussex Fire and Rescue, Police, rail operators and ESCC’s highways division. There were also presentations on staying safe in coaches and the chance o look at a range of vintage cars. Waitrose provided a vehicle to dispense fresh fruit and drinks and helped talk to children about how to stay safe around lorries.
Cllr Smith thanked Cllr Molesworth-Edwards for his dedication over the past ten years. He said: “Jim has put his heart and soul into making this event the success that it has been over so many years. His enthusiasm and gentle persuasion have ensured a huge variety of activites which have taught our young generation valuable lessons on how to stay safe.”
He told the Express: “This event is organised year on year by a working group heading up by Jim. He has worked very hard and this is a big operation. When he announced he was standing down we thought we could not guarantee its continuation but so much enthusiasm and support has been shown that we are currently looking at alternative options which might enable it to go ahead.
Since Road Safety Day last week we have had an enquiry from East Sussex County’s Highways Divison about taking on the mantle. Frankly, we’ve been inundated with comments like: “Oh, you can’t not do that!” We are very hopeful.