Jump aboard Haywards Heath celebration

The wheels are in motion for an all-Victorian celebration of the 175th anniversary of the first train arriving in Haywards Heath.

Next week will be the final chance for clubs, businesses, charities and anyone interested in trains, to climb aboard the weekend of historical celebration in the town.

The weekend, which will see roads partially closed for a series of Victorian theme fun, will take place over the weekend of September 17 and 18 next year and anyone interested in getting involved is being asked to attend a public meeting at the town hall at 6pm next Thursday (September 10).

Tim Briggs, a local business owner and organiser of the event, said the first train arriving in the town in 1841, was essentially the beginning of the town itself.

“The event will show that 2016 has seen not only the completion of the modernised station area but it’s also the 175th anniversary of the station coming to Haywards Heath.”

Many schools, charities, businesses and societies have said they will get involved. All those who attend will be encouraged to wear Victorian costumes.

Residents have also been asked to inform the organisers if they have any information, artefacts or photos related to the first train arriving in the town.

Leaflets on the event will be handed out on Haywards Heath Town Day at Victoria Park this Saturday (September 5).

To speak to organisers, call 01444 453399.