underway to complete £14,000 Burnham-On-Sea carnival float
finishing touches are being made to a huge £14,000 carnival
float which has been built in Burnham-On-Sea.
just a few weeks to go until the Burnham
Carnival on Monday November 9th, members of Hillview Juvenile
Carnival Club are busily screwing in 12,500 light bulbs and applying
a final coat of paint to their impressive 100ft-long float, which
this year has a wizards theme and is called 'Gee Wiz'.
was invited along for an exclusive first look at the float this
week as the hive of activity behind the scenes continued.
public will be able to see the float for themselves this Saturday
(October 3rd) from 10am-5pm at the Bristol Bridge Inn when the
club holds an open day.
of the group's 16 child helpers and 26 adult volunteers will showing
their work and there will also be an opportunity for new volunteers
to come forward.
work on this year's float began just a few days after last year's
carnival and the club's Chairman, Mark Bishop, says there is still
plenty of work to go.
been another great team effort this year, with volunteers of all
ages and skills helping us. Each person has a very important part
to play," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
excitement is really starting to grow now," added Mark. "The
float is taking shape. We have a huge 500 KVA generator this year
to give us even more power."
we have also strengthened the chassis over the past year, but
all this costs money. Fundraising has been a big part of our time
held two Burnham street parties, collected at the Glastonbury
Festival and the FolkFest, and held several other fundraisers
to pull in enough money. It has been tough during a recession."
effort will all be worth it when the float shines out at the float's
first public performance, at Bridgwater Carnival on Friday November
full preview of this year's Burnham and Highbridge Carnival is