November 27, 2010
Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights to be switched on today
Carnival Queen and her Princesses will be joined by the town's
Mayor and a local radio presenter in switching on the town's Christmas
lights today (Saturday, November 27th).
annual ceremony will be held outside the Victoria Hotel in Victoria
Street during an afternoon of festive entertainment.
event gets underway at 3pm when pupils from St Andrew's, St Joseph's
and King Alfred schools will be on stage singing Christmas carols
and songs, followed by a festive performance by Burnham's Curtain
Call theatre group.
will arrive from 4.10pm when he's expected to circulate among
the crowds, handing out sweets to children. There
will also be face painting plus displays by BARB and Burnham police.
at 5pm, Carnival Queen Anna Kevan and
her princesses, Katrina Doyle and Agatha Parrott (pictured), will
join Mayor Michael Clarke and Total Star radio presenter Ian Burrage
in pushing a plunger to light up the town's High Street and adjoining
streets with dozens of festive illuminations.
Rhonda Mills, Chairman of Burnham's Chamber of Trade, the group
that has organised the switch-on, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This
year's event will be by, for, and about our wonderful young people.
We look forward to welcoming big crowds throughout the afternoon
and thank everyone again for their support in making this happen."
for local good causes will be made by members of Burnham-On-Sea
Lions Club throughout the afternoon.
A special outdoor stage will be set-up into Victoria Street by
Total Star, whose presenter, Ian Burrage of 'Ian and Laura' fame,
will be commentating during the afternoon. Victoria Street will
be closed to traffic from mid-day.
There were concerns earlier in the year that Burnham's Christmas
lights would not be able to go ahead due to a lack of funding
following a cut in grant funding from Sedgemoor District Council.
However, the Town Council increased its financial help to the
Chamber Of Trade and a successful fundraiser was also held last
week at the Oak Tree Arena, as covered by Burnham-On-Sea.com here.
Our photos show (top) Carnival
Queen Anna Kevan and
princesses Katrina Doyle and Agatha Parrott; (centre) Santa at
last year's switch-on, and (above) Burnham Chamber of Trade's
Jonathan Walter, Rhonda Mills and Tom Ashton with Total Star's
Burnham Chamber of Trade website