Dogged persistence on a damp afternoon was the order of the day when organisations in Haywards Heath showcased their endeavours.
One of the biggest draws in the drizzle at Haywards Heath Town Day was a fun dog contest run by local vet Julia Mewes that drew plenty of interest and a few laughs from the fancy outfits, including one pet in pink and another in a policeman’s hat. As an extra class, people entered their pets in a “Dog The Judge Would Most Like to Take Home” class.
Away from the main arena many local groups raised money and highlighted their services, showing a wide range from the boat tombola of the British Heart Foundation to the stalls of groups like
the Haywards Heath and District Business Association, the Mid Sussex Choir, and Neil’s Club for Young People with Dementia.
Despite the rain people turned out to support the event, and youngsters enjoyed the various rides on offer, including a helter skelter.
On a large stage young people showed off their musical talents to the crowds as they ambled around Victoria Park.
The day on Saturday was organised by Haywards Heath Town Council with the accent strongly on a community day.
Its spirit was summed up by Sue Blunden, helping to run the ‘hook a duck’ stall for the Mid Sussex Branch of the Parkinson’s UK, Sue told a Middy reporter at the event: “It’s been slow but steady for us I’d say. The people of Haywards Heath have turned out despite the weather. Being represented at Town Day shows that were are here. You never know, someone could come past who doesn’t even know we exist.”