LETTER: What a great start to Christmas

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I just wanted to give you some idea of the amount of positive feedback there has been from all the thousands of families who came to Burgess Hill to enjoy the Christmas Lights-up Event.

I was running a book stall for Burgess Hill in Bloom in The Market Place and Paul was manning the Mid-Downs Radio Unit by the bandstand all day, so we got a great over-view of the whole event. The obvious effort and hard work that had been put in before and on the day, by Burgess Hill Town Council, including the Help-Point staff and the Town Centre Partnership, along with The Market Place, was so evident to all the townspeople who came along.

Star of the day seemed to be ‘Peppa Pig’, knocking Father Christmas and his Reindeers into second place, along with ‘Heart’s Jack the Lad’, who turned on the Christmas Lights at 5.00pm. The town hadn’t been this busy since ‘Mr. Blobby’ visited in the nineties, it was packed! All appreciated the Ice Rink, Waitrose Christmas Tree with its’ free Xmas Puddings, and a very large visiting dinosaur in the Market Place! The many children who turned up for the Fancy Dress Competition enjoyed the event, joining with their mums and dads, and turning the Band Stand in Church Walk into an impromptu Christmas Disco, dancing to the music of Mid-Downs Radio.

Burgess Hill Theatre club were there dressed in costume to advertise their Pantomime, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, the Town Crier cried his information and various entertainers moved among the crowds to keep us all feeling ‘Christmassy’. Shops and businesses were handing out free mince pies and tea to the stallholders, all very welcome.

There was no sign of trouble, everyone just loved what had been provided for them and really appreciated the day, shown by all the happy, smiling faces!

Favourite comment on the day was ‘We love living in Burgess Hill!’ So, very well done to all involved.

What a great start to Burgess Hill’s Christmas!

CATHY BARNETT (Chairman of Burgess Hill in Bloom and Mid-Downs Radio).