EXCITEMENT is building as more detailed plans are laid for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Uckfield.
The town will be one of few in the county to have a celebration beacon. And arrangements are being made for a line of young people to pass a torch from one to the other, Olympic style, so the beacon can be formally lit. Crowborough Singers and Uckfield Singers will lead the music at the lighting ceremony with Mark Beesley as MC.
And thanks to a donation of £500 from Uckfield Lions, it now looks certain that there can be a fireworks display. Bonfire societies from across East Sussex have agreed to take part in a grand procession.
Acts are coming forward in droves to take part in productions on a portable stage in the High Street with theatrical producer and teacher Deborah Lamb (of Deb’s Dancers) and Emma Creffield in charge of organising the running order of events.
At a recent meeting of the organising committee, members heard that the town’s Rotary Club have arranged for a ‘Spot the Diamond’ competition to be run in High Street shop windows. Uckfield FM will broadcast live from the event and Little Horsted School will promote the day via their school newsletter.
Uckfield Rugby Club members have been invited to help with the organisation of the event and the Town Council is considering ideas for floral displays such as bedding plants, tree planting, a rose garden and special hedging.
Committee chairman Ian Smith said the outcome of an application for a Lottery grant will be known within the next month. For the performances, as well as ‘six decade’ acts, he’s suggesting a Commonwealth theme.