shoot skywards as barge plan is approved
annual seafront fireworks display will cost an extra £2,500
to stage this year following a decision by town councillors to
launch the pyrotechnics from a barge in the middle of Bridgwater
first reported in July
how a high tide occurring on the night of the display on Sunday
November 7th means the organisers will be unable to let the fireworks
off from the beach and jetty as normal.
the Town Council has been exploring other options in recent weeks
to ensure the hugely popular event, attended by thounsands of
spectators, goes ahead.
Clerk Eileen Shaw told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "Councillors
on the Fireworks Working Party have decided to take up the suggestion
of the fireworks supplier and let the display off from a barge
in the sea to get around the problem of the very high tide."
the safest option available and should mean the display will be
more spectacular than ever, with the fireworks being reflected
on the sea."
other advantage is that if there is any wind, the fireworks will
not be blown onto the shore, reducing the risk of the event being
cancelled at the last minute due to safety concerns."
added: "Given the large number of spectators that come into
Burnham for this event, we wanted to find a way of holding it
despite the high tide."
she confirmed that the new launch site does come at an extra cost.
"It will be more expensive to hold this year - we expect
to pay around £2,500 - £3,000 extra, so donations
from businesses who benefit from the extra visitors being in the
town will be very welcome."
town council also considered holding the display at three other
sites - on Stert Island, at Apex Wildlife Park, and at the BASC
Ground - but none were felt to be fully suitable. The
display will start at 7pm on November 7th, the night before Burnham's
annual winter carnival.