Love in the air at Uckfield and Buxted

The 1953 Bentley and Del Boy's old faithful Reliant Robin. Photo by Ron Hill
The 1953 Bentley and Del Boy's old faithful Reliant Robin. Photo by Ron Hill
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Get set for an avalanche of white tulle, sugared almonds and bridesmaids’ bouquets.

The wedding season is almost on us, and enterprising companies are busy setting up wedding fairs which aim to take the guesswork out of organising the big day. Last weekend saw fairs at Buxted Park and also the Uckfield Civic Centre.

The Centre staged its third fair last Saturday. More than 30 brides and their families and friends attended.

Some more unusual wedding transport proved a draw at the fair. Top billing must go to the iconic, yellow, three-wheeled Reliant Robin van, star (along with Del Boy and Rodney) of the long-running TV series Only Fools and Horses. The car drew most demands for photographs as driver Ian Blight posed as David Jason’s character complete with cigar. Ian’s alter ego as a toastmaster and his dad, David were both indundated with requests for dates.

Alongside was the slightly more conventional, but equally stunning 1932 Chevrolet sedan and Paladin cars brought along their 1953 Bentley.

The Civic Centre promoted itself as an ideal venue for weddings with in-house catering from Luxfords Restaurant. Among local independent businesses which offered tailor-made services were Fross Wedding Collections; Coles Menswear; The Wild Orchid Florist; Linden Cakes; Protech Photographic and New Wave hairstylists.

Civic Centre manager Susan Allum said: “We had a good attendance of brides who came with their fiancés, mothers or friends and enjoyed having the chance to speak to many local firms and find out what they could offer to make their special day.”

Buxted Park’s next Wedding Fair is on April 19 from noon-4pm where people can view all the hotel’s facilities including the ballroom and orangery state rooms set up for a wedding breakfast and civil ceremony.