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 September 5.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fire Safety displays and the Emergency Services rescue displays fascinated the public. 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.
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.
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.
Report and picture contributed by Haywards Heath Town Council.