The first carnival in Uckfield took place on a Wednesday afternoon when shops closed down one hundred and ninety two years ago!
Today’s events and timings
Children’s Fancy Dress Parade will start today from the railway station car park. It will head off up the High Street to Southview Drive and eventually end up at the Holy Cross School field for judging at about 2:20pm.
The High Street will be closed to traffic from 1:30pm to 2:30pm to allow the procession and the car park at the railway station will be FREE from 12 noon until 4pm ONLY. Outside that time a parking ticket will be issued.
The Adult Fancy Dress Judging will take place in Elizabeth Gardens, Grange Road from 6:30pm this evening.
The Tableaux will form up from 6:45 in Bell Lane with roads closing from 7pm to 10pm with no exit from the Luxford Car parks during that time.
The Grand Torchlight Procession will start from Grange Road at 7:30pm and go down the High Street past the railway station, over the river and into Newtown. It will turn left from Newtown, into New Place, Harcourt Road, Vernon Road, Selby Road back into Framfield Road, past the Alma Arms into the High Street. It will eventually stop to reform at Southview Drive before the final procession at 9pm.
The final procession will stop at the junction of High Street and Church Street outside the Cinque Ports Club for Bonfire Prayers at 9:10pm before the final walk down the High Street to the end in Bell Lane.
The Presentations will take place at the Civic Centre at 10pm.
Last year over £4,000 was raised by the society and went to good causes across the town and local area. Over £60,000 was raised by Sussex societies last year for good causes.
There will be Engineering Work on the Uckfield Line this weekend See our story here for plans for the replacement buses.
The grand firework display last night to start the carnival was a big success. Despite some rain, earlier in the evening a large crowd turned out to watch a stunning display which lasted 12 minutes. See the display here on the Uckfield Facebook group
Image Ron Hill