High tide prompts
re-think on Burnham's beach fireworks
annual seafront fireworks display may be held on a barge in the
middle of Bridgwater Bay this year after organisers discovered
there is an exceptionally high tide due on the night of the event.
from Burnham-On-Sea Town Council admitted on Monday (July 5th)
that they face a bill of up to £2,500 extra this year to
hold the fireworks display on a special barge.
display, pictured here, will be held on Sunday November 7th this
year, but a 10m high tide on the night of the event is prompting
clerk Eileen Shaw told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There is an exceptionally
high tide at the same time as we would normally let off the fireworks."
the fireworks suppliers won't be able to hold the display on the
beach so we're having to look at other options."
possibility is using a barge in the middle of Bridgwater Bay,
where the fireworks could be safely let off. Another possibility
is building scaffolding on the jetty, but we don't want to block
access to the emergency services."
also looked at holding the display at Apex Park or at the BASC
Ground, but neither has enough parking facilities. The barge is
considered to be the best option so far because it's safest."
said Stert Island is another potential site for the display, pending
permission from Nature England.
Martin Lloyd told Monday's town council meeting that he is in
favour of the barge. "It would be a great novelty if the
fireworks were launched in that way - it would attract even more
final decision the event will be made later this year by the town
council's fireworks working party.