It was a spectacular sight in South Road, as over 300 children from local schools and their families, led by Burgess Hill Marching Youth, progressed a traditional Yule Log into Victoria Park.
The band had lit up for the occasion. Children had spent the week making themed lanterns with the award winning charity Same Sky. Excitement was high as they braved the weather to take part in the first Haywards Heath Lantern Procession. Same Sky also provided some stunning large light sculptures to join the procession.
Haywards Heath Community CIC director Marion Wilcock said “ it was most unfortunate that the Town Council had to cancel the fireworks which would have been a wonderful conclusion to the
Procession, but safety is safety. After all the hard work the children had put in to make their beautiful lanterns we were determined they would not be disappointed and kept going. We had a woodland theme, and we are grateful to the Dads who “volunteered” to carry the large light sculptures of deer , squirrel and badgers for us. Fortunately, no one was actually blown away, although a couple of angels looked as though they might take flight at any moment.
We are most grateful to WSCC and HHDBA for their support for this event, which meant all the children were able to take part for free.”
Maureen Schofield, chairman of Haywards Heath & District Business Association, entertained and enthralled youngsters with Christmas Tales at the Story Tellers Hut.
We are delighted to announce the winners of the Yule Log Competition, judged by Tory of Tory’s Café in the Park and the Town Mayor.Winner of OPEN traditional class was Thomas Newman of Ryecroft with a cake described by the Judges as “Beautiful decoration and a lovely moist sponge – delicious”Winner of CONTEMPORARY class was Calley Bryson of Maple DriveWinner of UNDER 16 was Hayley Howland of 39 Bentwood RdAlthough carefully sampled by the judges, regretfully we had to give the mouth watering cakes back at the end of the afternoon.
The winners of best dressed window were Calliope who are based in the Orchards. Moolenaar from HH CIC - 2nd place was Funpots in Sussex Road and 3rd Place was Grape and Grain in The Broadway. Many thanks to all those who took part!
Report and pictures contributed by Marion Wilcock