Awesome Uckfield starts season in crackling style

Uckfield Mayor Cllr Louise  Eastwood with children from Holy Cross School dressed up for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Picture by Ron Hill
Uckfield Mayor Cllr Louise Eastwood with children from Holy Cross School dressed up for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Picture by Ron Hill

Every year Uckfield kicks off the Bonfire season in Sussex and this season it was all done in crackling style.

The town has long held pride of place in the annals of Bonfire by setting the standard by which all the others have to be judged.

The bonfire procession. Picture by Ron Hill

The bonfire procession. Picture by Ron Hill

Last Saturday the rain held off, a high pressure system kicked in and everyone who took part in the famous Uckfield Carnival enjoyed a warm, dry day.

Visitors packed the town for a full-on day of activities which saw road closures, making sure street events could be held safely.

The Children’s Procession took part in the afternoon together with the popular fancy dress competition. Adults followed on with their own procession and the judging took place in the evening.

Children started from the Victoria Pleasure Ground before making their way to Southview Drive and then back down the High Street to the Holy Cross School field for judging.

Most local schools and dozens of individuals took part in the procession and were entertained non-stop by Universal Dance and Deb’s Dancers.

Uckfield Carnival and Bonfire Society secretary Lynne Ireland said: “This procession has had an amazing turnout. It has been so difficult for the judges to make their decision as the standard has been so high’

Jackie Love, Society chairman said: “Can I just say Uckfield - you are an awesome town and on behalf of the Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society – you are simply the best. Thank-you for a fab evening.”

The main event got started in great style with more than 20 visiting societies taking part. Massive crowds lined the streets.

Bonfire prayers were said at the top of the town led by the Rev Christian Mitchell (Mitch) of Holy Cross Church. Then came the final Grand Torchlight procession which made its way back down the High Street

UckfieldFM, The town’s own full-time on air radio station, once again provided the sound system and the the microphones for the events while Steve Crow and Krys O’Brien bounced around with the procession, keeping everyone informed what was going on and getting involved in so much more.

Lynne Ireland added: “Thank you to everyone that helped and took part in the weekend’s Uckfield Carnival, It was great to see so many people out in the town having a good time and helping to raise money for local charities. The street collection figure for this year, at present, is £3877.03 which is slightly up on last year’s total.

“The members of the Society have had an exhausting weekend but it makes it all worthwhile when we see how much money has been raised.”

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