Great Poppy Party in Heathfield

Heathfield will hold a ‘Great Poppy Party’ on Saturday, June 11 to mark the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.

Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council have joined forces with the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to help raise funds for the Legion as part of the Great Poppy Party Weekend.

The event is one of many taking place across the country.

The aim is to help the Legion raise £90 million in its 90th anniversary year to carry out vital welfare work for our Armed Forces.

This event is a celebration in support of brave service personnel past and present.

There will be music from the Heathfield Silver Band, cream teas, hot food, static displays of vintage army vehicles, motor bike displays and lots of fun and games for all.

The procession through the High Street will be accompanied by a 1923 steam roller appropriately called ‘Peace’ after the owner’s late mum, who was named Peace as she was born on Armistice Day.

It will be supported by the Heathfield Silver Band, standard bearers from the British Legion, RAF, Scouts, Guides and other uniformed organisations.

Rumour has it that even Dame Heffle will be making a rare appearance – who releases the first cuckoo of spring every year – has said she might make an appearance.

The parade starts at 10.30am from the industrial estate off Station Road and finishes at the Fire Station parade yard and Mill Road car park at about 11am where fun and entertainment will continue until 4pm.