Late shopping in Uckfield was so successful on Friday, organisers say they might have to close the High Street to through traffic next year.
Shoppers in their hundreds packed stores, streets and by-ways and tills were ringing healthily as many townsfolk had opted to do the bulk of their Christmas shopping while sampling mulled wine and a mince pie or two.
Frustration about the High Street roadworks was forgotten and many traders thought people had deliberately opted to ‘shop local’ and ensure the town’s businesses enjoyed a festive and profitable season.
Children from local primary schools sang their hearts out on the UckfieldFM sound stage, and their music was broadcast live over the airwaves, while parents and families listened proudly.
King’s Church staged their nativity scene and Father Christmas himself accepted the Uckfield Lions’ invitation to visit Olive’s Yard and talk to children.
This year the whole of the town had got firmly behind the celebrations; as well as High Street revelry there were musicians in Bell Walk, dancing from Universal Dance and the town’s firecrews showed off their latest fire engine.
The Christmas Tree Festival at Holy Cross Church and atmospheric candlelight in the burial ground spun a special web of magic and was featured by BBC TV South Today.
Uckfield’s councillors entered into the spirit of the evening with gusto. Cllr Louise Eastwood was dressed as an Ugly Sister but looked as glamorous as usual.
Carvills had a snow machine in their window but real snow rained down from a snow machine on the top of George Moss Jewellers.