Music takes over the street

Making Waves
Making Waves

Thousands of residents were once again entertained with non-stop music in the Broadway, Haywards Heath, on bank holiday Sunday.

The clouds kept well away while 18 of Mid Sussex’s best artists provided music from 11am until 10pm.

Tim French MBE, who helped organise the annual charity event, alongside the charity It’s Magic, said it was enjoyed by every generation.

He said: “It was a very happy feeling. The old and the young were all dancing together enjoying it.

“Especially in the afternoon, it was a very English afternoon with people sitting talking with music in the background.

“There was every type of music imgainable. The parents and grandparents enjoyed the older music and the children enjoyed the modern music.”

This was the seventh Making Waves event to take over the street.

As with any event hosted by It’s Magic, it was held with the aim to uplift and entertain using music to strengthen existing community values.

Tim said: “The restaurant I think did quite well from people buying food there. It’s a community event held to help the community and that’s what it has done.”

Tim said the standard of music from local performers was very high.

He said: “The local bands were exceptional. There were lots of new bands and some of the favourites were the opera singers.

“The tribute bands were very good and the 60s and 70s music by Chicory Tip was very well received as the penultimate band.

“The Abba tribute band went down exceptionally well.”

As well as non-stop music, there was a children’s entertainer call Jimmy the Juggler who taught the children how to do different circus tricks such as plate spinning and the diabolo.

Tim said that people had travelled from as far as Liverpool to attend the event.

He said: “There were visitors who had come for the third time, from Liverpool. They said they will never miss it.There’s quite a lot of people coming from all over now. It’s become well known.”

n Turn to page 30 for more pictures from the event.