Burgess Hill Girls join Brighton Children’s Parade on ‘horseback’

May 9, 2017

Pupils from Burgess Hill Girls Junior School were out in force this weekend (Saturday 6 May) at Brighton Children’s Parade, which marked the start of the town’s Festival. This year’s theme was poets and poems, and the Burgess Hill girls took as inspiration for their banner (pictured) Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Windy Nights’, which tells the story of a mysterious man seen on horseback during stormy nights: ‘Why does he gallop and gallop about?’

They also created 14 ‘horses’ made with ‘withies’, bendy willow sticks. These were then covered with tissue paper and painted. The girls “rode” the horses along with flags depicting parts of the poem’s story, and moons and stars. The horses were created with local artist Paul Render (pictured).

Burgess Hill girls are regulars at the Children’s Parade – this is the tenth year they have taken part. They were among more than 80 schools which took part in the annual parade, said to be the biggest of its kind in Europe.

Junior School Head Heather Cavanagh said: ‘The Brighton Children’s Parade is always a fantastic occasion and it’s a thrill for the girls to be a part of the occasion. This year’s work showed a very impressive level of creativity and caught the atmosphere and mystery of the poem really well.’