Uckfield Festival theme this year

UCKFIELD at work, rest and play is the theme of the colourful procession which will open the annual Uckfield Festival this summer. Organisers are working with schools, youth groups, businesses, churches and special needs groups to produce representations of how townspeople spend their time as part of the procession.

Festival spokesman Dave Sudbery said: “Local schools have been the key to the success of the Big Day procession in the last few years but but now we want to broaden participation, bridging the generation gap and getting everyone involved.”

Clare Summons, Uckfield Community Technology College creativity director will continue to co-ordinate work with primary schools.

On hand to help the groups take part will be Brighton-based community arts group Same Sky who have been associated with the Festival for many years.

They have been responsible for some of the most exciting and innovative carnival events in the South East such as the annual Burning the Clocks celebration and the Brighton Festival children’s parage.

Former UCTC teacher Dan Lake who is now production and project manager with Same Sky said: “We aim to aim to mobilise the imagination and strengthen commmunities.”

It is hoped that the figures representing all aspects of life in Uckfield will be displayed in the town in the weeks before the Festival. Several groups have already shown interest, but more are welcome. Any local groups who are interested in getting involved with the project should contact Dave Sudbery on 01825 733318. “We think this is going to be a memorable Festival,” he said.