PICTURES: Crowds flock to Haywards Heath Spring Festival
The glorious weather yesterday saw crowds flock to Muster Green in Haywards Heath to enjoy the town's Spring Festival.
Organised by Haywards Heath Town Council, the annual event sees a number of charities pitch up to raise funds for good causes.
Fatima Mirza, community liaison officer for the town council, said: “Haywards Heath Town Council would like to thank all the stall and pitch holders and everyone who came along for making the afternoon a great success.
“The sunshine encouraged visitors to the green where more than 60 charities displayed their wares to raise funds for good causes.
“There were fun tombolas and raffles from a number of local groups. Ruwach Church provided refreshments and face painting, while the Baptist Church in Sussex Road offered relaxing hand massages.
“There were cakes and preserves galore and two tea tents, one organised by the Yews Community Centre and the other by St Richard’s Church in Sidney Road.
“Town mayor councillor James Knight welcomed visitors and met local groups.
“He was particularly pleased to meet Haywards Heath Scout Groups, who had gathered together on Muster Green for their St George’s Day celebration, after a 4km hike.
“Two scouts from Haywards Heath have been chosen to represent Mid Sussex at the world’s largest gathering of scouts to be held in America next year.
“At their stall, the scouts invited visitors to toast a marshmallow to support their fundraising efforts.
“Haywards Heath in Bloom exhibited some beautiful canvases and offered free wild flower seeds.
“The River of Poppies display encouraged visitors to create their own poppies for the major display on Muster Green later in the year.
“Colourful and lively entertainment was provided by Algeria Spanish dancers and Places for People children’s zumba.
“The Haywards Heath Concert Band also played some rousing pieces, whilst No Strings Attached – an a capella group sang popular tunes beautifully.”
Town Council Mayor, Cllr James Knight
“The Town Council are very pleased to support local charities who do so much for the community,” said Cllr Knight, “the sunshine, music, stalls and funfair rides make for a fun afternoon for all,” he added.