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11 November marks 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I. Burgess Hill will be taking part in the Nation’s Tribute and commemorating the 145 young men named on the town’s Great War Memorial who went to fight for King and Country but did not come home again. 
To remember their sacrifice, Burgess Hill residents will make 145 poppy lanterns - one for each soldier - at a series of free workshops in October. In the evening of 11 November the lanterns will be carried in a procession, led by Mid Sussex Brass Band, from the War Memorial to the Burgess Hill beacon site in St John’s Park. This will be followed by a short ceremony of readings and songs, and lighting of the town’s beacon at 7pm.  

Local residents are invited to play their part in this historic event by making a poppy lantern and / or carrying it in the procession.  Free lantern making workshops will be run by community arts organisation, Same Sky, on 

Monday 15 October, 10am – 12 noon at the Cherry Tree Centre in Fairfield Road
Saturday 20 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm OR 2 – 4pm at Cyprus Hall in Cyprus Road.
All materials and free refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome although children must be accompanied by an adult. You can still make a lantern even if you are unable to carry it in the procession. 

To book a space please visit or book via Burgess Hill Town Council’s Help Point at 96 Church Walk, telephone 01444 247726.