HAILSHAM: Spectacular carnival and fun day thrills crowd

Presentation of best float to White House School
Presentation of best float to White House School

A COLOURFUL spectacular event was enjoyed by families when Hailsham’s annual carnival and fun day arrived in the town last Saturday (June 18).

The Lark in the Park parade began at Ropemaker Park and followed a route including the High Street until it ended up at the Maurice Thornton Playing Fields for a fun day.

Hunters Moon Morris

Hunters Moon Morris

Highlights included various games such as ‘Smash the Crockery’, numerous craft stalls, the Southern Skirmishers, a raffle and tombola.

Best walking entry was the Hunters Moon Morris and the best float, Friends of White House School.

The festival was one of the first major events to be led by the newly elected Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor, during his year in office.

He said, “The carnival and Lark In The Park festival were incredible and once again great support from different sectors of the community for the event was received.

“It was fantastic to see so many people out on the streets watching the parade.

Cllr Bentley-Astor officially opened the event with special guest, BBC South East Today news presenter, Polly Evans.

He added, “As promised, the carnival and fun day extravaganza was very entertaining and we hope that everyone had a good time.

“It’s marvellous to see the genuine care and commitment organisers and their friends have shown, and the amount teamwork and enthusiasm of all volunteers involved, which was clearly evident.

“On behalf of the town council and Hailsham residents, I would like to thank the Lark In The Park charitable trust and partner organisations for all their hard work in coordinating the event.”

Money raised went to the Lark In The Park Charitable Trust and other charities – the final amount raised is yet to be announced.

Pictures by Sarah Slaughter