Beacon lit and torches doused as the final act on Armistice Day

The Uckfield Beacon was lit by the Mayor of Uckfield Cllr. Spike Mayhew at 7pm on Sunday November 11.

An estimated 250 residents from Uckfield were present at the Beacon at Victoria Pleasure Ground.

Thirty torches were carried by local people and doused as Father John from Holy Cross Church read out the names of  the Fallen from the Uckfield area.

The last post was sounded for the final time on Armistice Day at 6:55pm followed by two minutes silence before the Beacon was lit.

At 7:10pm the church bells from Holy Cross Church rang out across the town to remember the war dead.


The Town Crier Ian Bedwell read out ‘A cry for Peace around the World’

Town Criers raise your voices and together cry with me
Remembering those brave men and women in our history
The Battle’s Over A Nation’s tribute remembers them one and all
Be proud and stand united, don’t let your memories fall
Confidence is what we need so that Nations trust each other
And all the Races of mankind treat each other as a brother
Food for every living thing by nature is provided
If we could only see it was equally divided
The woods and streams, the mountains high, the sea and golden shore
Were never ever meant to be the cause of senseless bloody war
Or race for powerful armaments and sacrifice of youth
But a World of true contentment built on Faith and Trust and Truth
Peace to the World
Oyez Oyez Oyez
God Save The Queen

Poppy Appeal organiser Diane Ward preparing the beacon


All images – Uckfield FM