Uckfield arranges Diamond Jubilee celebrations for the Queen

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ON BANK Holiday Monday, June 4 next year Uckfield will enjoy a day of extravagant celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 11.

The town has historic links with Queen Elizabeth as she was once a frequent guest of Lord Rupert Nevill at Uckfield House and latterly Horsted Place.

Uckfield Town Council is drawing together plans to make this historic event truly a day to remember.

Working in partnership with other community organisations a number of ideas are currently being developed, including a party on the park at Luxford Field (by courtesy of the Uckfield Lions,) a fancy dress competition for best prince, princess, king and queen and a torchlit procession (thanks to Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society.)

For those in fancy dress or in red, white and blue the procession will be from Elizabeth Gardens to the Victoria Pleasure Ground, where entertainments will continue (with Uckfield FM and guests) until the ceremonial lighting of a new beacon followed by a spectacular firework display.

Town clerk Ashley Serpis said: “The Victoria Pleasure Ground is a particularly appropriate place to commemorate this event, as it was originally gifted to the people of Uckfield by the Streatfeild family to celebrate the jubilee of Queen Victoria and has been the venue for royal events in the past.

“It also commands unrivalled views towards the Downs, making it an ideal place to see the other beacons that will be lit on the night, as well as being at an elevation which means an aerial firework display can be enjoyed from across the town.

“Right now, the organising committee is calling for all community groups, bodies and organisations who would like to assist and join in this celebration, to come forward and be part of the evolving event.

“We will be particularly pleased to hear from commercial sponsors who may like to make a contribution to help fund the firework display, which is expected to cost around £5,000 to stage.”

If you are interested, want to find out more or would like to help in any way, please contact Town Clerk Ashley Serpis with your details. He hopes to see as many people as possible at the next meeting on Wednesday, October 5 at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber.