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Dazzling festival marks charity’s 21st anniversary

Friends of Sussex Hospices comes of age on Saturday, September 3 with a dazzling day and evening of thrilling family entertainment marking the charity’s 21st anniversary.

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Festival 21 will include a spectacular Son et Lumière and laser light show, air show with replica First World War fighter planes, vintage fun fair, massive classic car display and historic battle re-enactments. There will be a big top circus, strolling jesters, medieval musicians and children’s entertainers plus delicious food and drink, a licensed bar, and tea and cake served in a giant “hospicetality” marquee. Enjoy live music from the Swingtime Sweethearts and local bands. Festival 21 even welcomes the 100-strong Pendyrus Male Choir coming all the way from Wales to perform in concert with a repertoire that includes ‘Sussex by the Sea’!

The festival will be held in the grounds of Danny House, a splendid Elizabethan manor beneath the South Downs near Hurstpierpoint. In the evening the sound and light show will project colourful images onto the historic façade of the house, telling the story of Sussex from ancient times to modern days. Look out for Roman legionnaires, Saxons, Norman conquerors, great galleons of the Spanish Armada, scenes from the English Civil War, First World War and the Battle of Britain.

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The invaluable work of the 12 Sussex hospice care providers will be celebrated during the evening and a moment of reflection will see 3000 lights twinkle in the night sky as we remember friends and loved ones. The evening’s finale is a spectacular laser light show.

Friends of Sussex Hospices chair Kathy Gore said: “This is the 21st birthday year of FSH and we want to mark it with a brilliant event where there will be a host of attractions for the whole family to enjoy. All 12 Sussex hospice care providers have been involved in planning Festival 21 which will celebrate the work they do and the care they give to young and old across East and West Sussex.”

Tickets are £22 per adult if booked in advance or £25 on the day. Children under 16 go free if accompanied by pre-booked adults or £5 on the day.

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Friends of Sussex Hospices is run entirely by volunteers and since 1995 has distributed £1.6 million to assist with hospice running costs.  In June, the charity was given The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest honour that can be given to a voluntary organisation and the equivalent of an MBE.

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