LETTER: ‘Unsung hero’ praised at event

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On Saturday 21. February, the Burgess Hill District Lions Club (founded in 1955), again hosted and welcomed the fabulous “Chicory Tip” band to the Martlets Hall.

They played the ever popular sixties music to a packed audience of more than 150 people whose ages ranged from teenage to nonogenerians.

The large space for dancing was soon filled as soon as the first pop song was played and, as several other well known songs followed on, they danced the night away.”

The three band members have now been performing for almost fifty years since before their biggest hit “son of my father” and were more than happy to return to Burgess Hill for this bi-annual event, in September.”

“Steve Willis Training” again kindly sponsored the event and the raffle prizes were again all donated by local traders. Profits on this occasion were going to the “First Responders”, one of our newer organisations in Burgess Hill.

At the end of the evening, the Lions president thanked “unsung hero” Tony Parris, for organising yet another sucessful fund raising event, who in turn thanked David Avery and Chris Childs for operating the multi-coloured lighting system, and not least, the staff of the Martlets Hall who set up several tables, all with free “nibbles”and ran the bar for the entire evening.

The next appearance of “Chicory Tip” will be held at the Martlets Hall on Saturday 19th September and further information may be obtained from Tony Parris - Tel. 01444 243003

Fred Avery ( president of the Local History Society)

Burgess Hill