Uckfield Carnival 2019 – Children’s Fancy Dress and Procession

Summer returned on Saturday and the sun to shone on the afternoon’s children’s parade – part of Uckfield’s Carnival Day.

The railway station car park was used to assemble the parade before it set off up the High Street to Southview Drive.

After that it was to return south to Bell Lane and the Holy Cross School playing field for judging of the fancy dress competitions.

Rocks Park School won 1st place in the Schools Fancy Dress section with the prize being presented by Uckfield Mayor Cllr Spike Mayhew .

Those taking part included children from primary schools in the area , and from Universal Dance, Elite Dance and Drama Academy and Uckfield Performance Ensemble.

Then on Saturday night (September 7th) as ever the spectacular carnival procession moved around the town. The Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society was supported by Bonfire societies from across Sussex, townspeople on floats as part of the tableaux, dancers and walking bands.

Huge crowds lined the streets on a warm night for the 192nd carnival and was particular poignant because of the ceremony held at the top of the High Street near the Cinque Ports Club and led by Father John from Holy Cross Church to mark mark the 75th anniversary of World War 2 D-Day landings, remembering those who took part and those who were lost.

Jackie Love chair of the society says, in the carnival programme, that the history of bonfire, and its different events – the gunpowder plot, The Sussex Martyrs, Smuggling – will also be remembered.

As a society they wish to thank so many people from the town, too many to name here, for all their help, support and assistance throughout the carnival weekend and before and after the event.

It has made them all very happy to see more people than ever in the procession, in the afternoon and evening, and especially all the families out enjoying the carnival.

Last year over £4,000 was donated to local charities from the collection on the night.

Ron Hill making a presentation of his money bank to Anna Sherwood Image Mike Skinner

ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)