Published: July 4, 2010
In Photos: Crowds flock to Burnham-On-Sea's Youthfest

Crowds of young people from the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area flocked to the town's annual youth festival today on Sunday (July 4th).

Overseen by Burnham's Youth Town Council in association with Burnham Lions, the event included a wide range of entertainment and displays for youngsters.

The festival included live music throughout the afternoon from Burnham bands and musicians, including Busy Backgrounds and Ashley Matthews.

The event - which was officially opened by Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke - also included circus skills displays, free running demonstrations, jujitsu workshops, plus Air, Sea and Army demonstrations, a climbing tower, plus rowing and fitness tests in addition to a bouncy castle and a barbecue.

Other groups who took part included Highbridge's Shed Youth Café, who offered high-tech games and entertainment, plus Highbridge Dreamscheme, Burnham Lions, The Bay Dancers, BARB and the Nathan Edwards Tennis Academy.

Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton, who is among the organising team, told "The event this year was a great success. After a slow start, the gardens were quite full by 2pm and everybody was having a very enjoyable time."

"The bands were excellent and several were asked to attend other festivals. It was a great turnout and a very pleasing sight to see so many young people taking an interest."

"We had more forms of entertainment and demonstrations this year and increasing interest from many groups. It really seems to be going from strength to strength and the Youth Town Council and I personally would like to thank all those that
attended and all those that took part."

"It is getting increasingly difficult to find a date that doesn't clash with some major event but work is already underway to find a date for next year. A follow-up meeting is planned fairly soon and further details on how to get involved with next year's event will be published shortly."


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