VE Day Parade

By Claire Cooper
Lindfield celebrated the 70th anniversary of VE Day in traditional style with a procession down the High Street and a gathering on the Common.
     Despite strong winds and a little rain, the procession attracted villagers of all ages, from Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to WW2 veterans proudly wearing their medals.
     Standard bearers from British Legion branches throughout Sussex marched alongside representatives from the Haywards Heath 5th Squadron Army Cadet Force and the 172 Squadron Air Training Corps in a parade led by the Surrey and Sussex Drum and Bugle Corps.
     They were joined by Year 5 children from Blackthorns Primary School dressed as evacuees. 
    On arrival at Lindfield Common, a welcome was given VE Day Parade by Captain Derek North DL.
     Entertainment was provided by the Victory Sisters.
     Village florists Flower Craft, in Lewes Road, joined in the celebrations, creating a commemorative window display on behalf of Royal British Legion Lindfield Branch. The event was organised by Sonja Moss and Lauren Selby, Community Fundraisers for Sussex Royal British Legion.
     “We felt it was really important to commemorate VE Day in Lindfield and remember all those who fought to enable us all to live the lives we live today,” said Sonja. “We were very pleased to see so many people turning out to support us on such a blustery day, particularly the stall holders brave enough to put up gazebos!”

See all pictures on pages 10 & 11.

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