January 16, 2011
Carnival is set to move to Friday nights from 2012
Highbridge and Burnham Carnival is set to become the first event
on the annual carnival circuit in the year 2012 by being held
on a Friday night for the first time.
Members of the town's carnival committee announced at Saturday's
Presentations Night that they have decided to move Burnham's
carnival to the Friday night before Bridgwater for a three-year
Chairman Phil New told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We've always
wanted to maximise our potential for fundraising by pulling in
bigger crowds on a weekend night and, as Bridgwater is moving
to Saturdays from 2012, we've decided that Friday would be better
for our procession than the current Monday."
has not been entered into lightly or without asking help and views
from participants and other committees," he added.
have looked at quite a few options of different nights after our
original preference of the Bridgwater Friday was awarded to Weston
at a county carnival meeting."
committee have taken that decision on the chin and soldiered on
through what I would say without doubt was the worst period of
my carnival history."
had to pick what we thought would be the second best choice, then
the third etc as different clubs, committees and individuals have
had their say."
have taken our time and listened to many and decided, with hopefully
the approval from county, to hold our carnival on the Friday before
Bridgwater so we can still hopefully have some of the benefits
that all others towns have as part of a weekend (with the exception
added that he hopes the move to a Friday will boost spectator
numbers. "It has been hard for some to take in that a Monday
night is not as good as a weekend night."
it is now, the holiday parks in Burnham are currently full for
Bridgwater on a Friday and Petherton on a Saturday but they are
empty when it is our own carnival on a Monday night."
appreciate there will be people against our choice of night, but
we also appreciate we are not going to please everyone on whatever
night we choose."