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Haywards Heath Town Day – 17 September 2016 

Overcast skies didn’t stop people coming out to enjoy Town Day in Victoria Park on Saturday.  Over 90 voluntary and community groups and businesses set up stalls and pitches to promote their wares. Haywards Heath Town Day is organised by the Town Council and this year there was a Victorian feel in recognition of the 175th Anniversary celebrations. Some of the stallholders joined in the spirit of the day by dressing up in full Victorian costume.

The day started with a warm welcome from Town Mayor Cllr Sujan Wickremaratchi, who thanked local sponsors The Orchards, Gray Hooper Holt and P and S Gallagher Funeral Directors for sponsoring the annual event.  A special note of thanks was given to Ultracore Fitness who were donating the proceeds of their takings to Sussex Autism Support, the Mayor’s charity.  

A number of highlights marked the day including a fantastic performance from Charlotte Weller, a young, local singer, with a great deal of talent.  Local a Capella group, No Strings Attached gave a polished performance of popular songs including the Beatles ‘When I’m 64’ and everyone joined in.  Mid Sussex Martial Arts group attracted a crowd during their display and some of the younger audience were in awe of the swords and forward and backward rolls demonstrated by the older and youngest members of the group. Local singer Tania Rodd gave a great Victorian inspired performance in classic costume.  It was wonderful to see so much local talent from performers who are mostly residents of Haywards Heath and surrounding villages.

Whilst the stage was busy, there were also a number of other highlights taking place in the Park.  Local sporting clubs including Haywards Heath Cricket Club, Rugby Football Club and Eagles Basketball Club gave visitors the opportunity to try out sports activities, encouraging health and fitness in the community. There were a number of takers for the ‘Great British Bark Off’ Dog Show co-ordinated by the Mewes Vets, with the winners parading in the arena with their rosettes and on their best behaviour. Wolfie from Bezerkaz Circus could be seen from afar on stilts blowing giant bubbles and engaging youngsters in his circus skills workshops.

The day wouldn’t be complete without our community and charitable stalls who used the opportunity to raise money to fund various activities. After Town day and the Films in the Park screening of ‘The Railway Children,’ the park was alight with a marvellous firework display again provide by the Town Council to end a magical day.

Haywards Heath Town Council would like to thank our sponsors, The Orchards, P & S Gallagher and Gray Hooper Holt Solicitors for supporting the event. Thanks also to Sussex Zest, Bunni and Places for People. In addition, a big thank you to everyone who came along to support the day.

Cllr Wickremaratchi Town Mayor said, “The Town Council was delighted to work with the Haywards Heath Town Team to make this year’s Town Day a part of a special weekend of celebrations for the Town.”

 
 
   
 
                                                                                                       
 
 
 
                                               
                                                                                                          

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Haywards Heath Town Day and 999 Fun Day 2015

 Photo By Eddie Howland

Victoria Park played host to hundreds of people and over 70 voluntary and community groups who despite the changeable weather forecast turned out in force at Town Day and 999 Fun Day on Saturday 5th September. Haywards Heath Town Day is organised by the Town Council and this year’s collaboration with all the emergency services proved to be a huge success.

 Deputy Mayor Jim Knight Opening Town Day

 Cllr Sandy Ellis Presenting Sussex Factor

There were several highlights to the day, including a display by the City of London Mounted Police which drew everyone to the arena.  Beautifully poised and in total control, the Mounted Police demonstrated how they dealt with large crowds.  Old and young were enthralled by the display which ended with the opportunity for the public to say hello to the horses and have photos taken with them.

 Photo By S Valentine

 Photo By S Valentine

 Photo By S Valentine

The public were entertained by various acts throughout the day on the stage. Sussex Factor finalists started the event and thrilled the audience with their confidence and skill.  The Spanish Dancers captured the audience’s attention with their colourful costumes and rousing dances.  Popsteps dance display led by Becky Stevens demonstrated how easy it is for youngsters to stay fit, have fun and learn some fantastic dance routines.

 Photo By Josefa

 Photo By Josfa

 

 Photo By F Mirza

Whilst the arena and stage were busy, there were also a number of other highlights taking place in the Park.  Crowds of parents and children were hugely entertained by the Punch and Judy shows which were sponsored by P & S Gallagher.

The Skate Park hosted the ‘Skate Jam’ competition, sponsored by Ballyhoo, which attracted a range of youngsters who performed breath taking twists and turns to music and encouragement from the DJ.

 Photo By F Mirza

 Photo By F Mirza

 Photo By F Mirza

 Photo By F Mirza

There were a number of takers for the ‘Great British Bark Off’ Dog Show co-ordinated by the Mewes Vets, with the winners parading in the arena on their best behaviour.

 Photo By F Mirza

Fire Safety displays and the Emergency Services rescue displays fascinated the public. 

 Photo By Eddie Howland

 Photo By Eddie Howland

 Photo By Eddie Howland

The day wouldn’t be complete without our community and charitable stalls that do a fantastic job raising money for their particular cause.  One group has reported that they raised over £200 on the day.

 Phot By Eddie Howland

Haywards Heath Town Council would like to thank our sponsors, The Orchards, P & S Gallagher, Martin and Company Estate Agents and Gray Hooper, Holt Solicitors for supporting the event.  In addition, thanks to Sussex Police and all the emergency services who participated and a big thank you to everyone who came along to support the day.

 

 

 

 


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