The annual general meeting of the Uckfield Festival Association took place on Thursday evening (Nov 22) and appointed a new chairman.
Dorothy Sparks who has held the role for the past 10 years stood down.
David Sudbery who has been involved in the organisation of the Festival for many years was elected the new chairman.
Dorothy Sparks in her last annual report said:
“This year has been quite challenging financially. Although we enjoyed the beautiful weather, it was too hot during the day for some people to spend a lot of time in the open. Therefore on the Big Day, as mentioned previously, we had fewer dogs in the Dog Show. For people we had provided extra shade with our sideless tent and seats, but people did not stay as long as normal on Luxford Field. The Bouncy Castle became too hot for safety and people did not wish to go into the very hot Lazer Quest.
“See my comments above regarding cancellation by The Jar Family. In hindsight from a financial point of view, we should probably have not had a replacement. Ticket sales were down in general due mainly to the Festival Week coinciding with the Football World Cup.
“On a personal note as I am standing down as chairman after 10 years, I would like to thank my colleagues on the Festival Committee for supporting me so admirably over the years and for putting up with all the emails and questions I have asked, with good humour. Also to my husband Paul for his steadfast support in the background.
A presentation was made to Dorothy from the committee.
The meeting was attended by the Mayor of Uckfield Cllr. Spike Mayhew, Deputy Mayor Cllr. Jackie Love, Cllrs. Claire Dowling and Cllr. Chris Dowling.
The dates for the 2019 Festival are from Friday July 5 to Sunday July 14.
The Big Day will be on Saturday July 6 and already planned is the Grand Prix on July 14 and a concert at Uckfield Rugby Club on Saturday July 13.