Thousands of residents gathered at Victoria Park for the lighting of a beacon of hope on the centenary of WWI.
St Wilfrid’s Church filled out for a service of remembrance before hundreds more joined the crowd for a procession to Victoria Park on Monday evening, organised by Haywards Heath Community CIC.
The CIC director, Marion Wilcock, said: “We were delighted that so many people came. The whole community came out to commemorate the lives lost in WWI.”
Poems were read by Haywards Heath Operatic Society as well as mothers and wives.
The congregation left the church in silence before beginning the procession from Muster Green to Victoria Park.
Marion estimated that between 1,500 and 3,000 people, from all generations, joined the procession while Burgess Hill Marching Youth Band played music.
Five hundred lanterns were sold before the event and many more attendees had brought their own lanterns with them to help fill the park with the glow of lights just before the beacon was lit.
Marion said: “We held a two minute silence which everybody kept, even the skate boarders in the skate park stopped.
“The response of the community was brilliant.
“Everybody got together to remember what can never be forgotten.”