The organisers of the Battles Over- A Nation’s Tribute were complimented at last night’s Environment and Leisure Committee meeting of Uckfield Town Council.
It related to the event on Sunday 11 November to mark the Centenary of Armistice, one hundred years since the end of War to end all Wars.
Uckfield Town Council were honoured to be asked by the Pageant Master to the Queen to light the Beacon at Victoria Pleasure Ground along with 1000’s of other towns, villages and cities across the county.
The sub-committee decided to douse lit torches to signify each man from Uckfield who lost their lives in the First World War. In order to do this assistance was secured from the Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society who also provided the PA system for the event.
Extreme Hire from Hailsham provided free of charge the use of a cherry picket to ensure the Beacon was loaded safely.
The St John Ambulance, Ringmer division provided First Aid cover and this was donated freely as well.
Uckfield Performance Ensemble provided music for the Last Post again freely.
It was reported that around 300 members of the public attended.
The lighting of the Beacon was by Cllr Spike Mayhew, the Mayor of Uckfield, Cllr Mick Dean, a former Grenadier Guardsman and two members of the ATC cadets.
The budget for the event was £1,000. As a result a donation of £100 to Help the Heroes (on behalf of Extreme Hire), Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society £50, UPE £50 and St Johns Ambulance a further donation of £50.
Cllr Mick Dean asked the meeting to note:
‘What an exceptional evening, day it was and thoroughly well attended and organised and i would like to give a vote of thanks to all those taking part but especially Cllr Ward for 90% of the organisation. I would like to propose we note the reports and agree to the donations in the report’ All agreed.