Light Up Hassocks – more than 5,000 people turn out for festive event

The community turned out in force to celebrate the season at Light Up Hassocks on Friday evening.

The main road through the village was shut to traffic to allow for the official switch on of the lights.

Photo by Chloe Hodgson

Photo by Chloe Hodgson

The event was staged by the Rotary Club of the Sussex Vale, which organised the road closure with Mid Sussex District Council.

Diversion signs were erected and removed by a qualified team supplied by Clancy Traffic Management.

The club also organised the placement of charity and commercial stalls, the fairground, and most importantly the visit of Santa in his grotto, by liaison with Burgess Hill District Lions Club, which has a direct line to Santa.

Bernard O’Rourke said: “The event kicked off with a parade of children from the local schools lead by the Burgess Hill Youth Marching band.

“Following the parade the lights were formally switched on by the winner of the poster competition, a pupil of Hassocks Infant School

“Several acts then performed on and around the stage including choirs from the local schools and Hurst Hassocks and Ditchling U3A, the Ditchling Morris Men and the Helen O’Grady drama group.

“Music was provided by Mid Downs and Burgess Hill community radios and performances by Small Town Kids.

“It is estimated that over 5,000 people enjoyed the evening which will be repeated on Friday, November 29, next year.

“Our thanks to every one that took part and attended.”

Pick up this week's Middy, which is out tomorrow (December 6), to see our special picture spread on the event.

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