November 5, 2010
Burnham club's 'nightmare start' to carnival season at Bridgwater
Hillview Carnival Club suffered a 'nightmare start' to their carnival
season at the rain-soaked Bridgwater Carnival on Friday night
The club's theatrical-themed cart, called The Show, suffered
a puncture at the beginning of the parade, holding up the whole
procession behind it.
"We had a disastrous start," Hillview Chairman Mark
Bishop told Burnham-On-Sea.com after Friday night's carnival.
"Just as we tried to move out at the start of the procession
we realised we had a puncture and couldn't steer properly."
"I've never known anything like it in all my years of being
involved in the carnival. We unloaded all the children and then
managed to get the puncture repaired. to the team's credit, we
still took part near the back of the procession."
cart came third in its category behind Marina Sydenham in first
place and Toppers in second.
Mark said he was "pleased" with the result given the
The cost of replacing the tyre is expected be around £500,
an unexpcted cost. "We're keen to hear from anyone who can
help us with donations to the costs," added Mark.
The huge cart, which has cost £12,000 to build, is decorated
with over 10,000 lights, half of which are environmentally-friendly.
Heavy rain meant many of the spectators at Friday's carnival
got a good soaking - but they were rewarded with a spectatular
Hillview now travel to the North Petherton Carnival tonight (Saturday)
before coming home to the Burnham Carnival on Monday evening with
high hopes of bouncing back.
Pictured is Hillview's cart at Friday night's Bridgwater Carnival
- photos from Jonathan Walter
Guide to Burnham-On-Sea Carnival 2010