Published: May 23, 2011
Burnham-On-Sea Carnival won't move to Friday nights after all

The Highbridge and Burnham Carnival will NOT be moving to Friday nights from 2012 after all, it has been decided this week.

Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported here that the town's carnival committee had hoped the date of Burnham's carnival would be moving from Monday to the Friday night before Bridgwater for a three-year period from 2012.

It was hoped that the move to the first night of the carnival season would boost fundraising by pulling in bigger crowds and raise the profile of Burnham's event.

However, at a meeting of county carnival bosses over the past week, police concerns were raised regarding the change and this prompted a re-think.

Burnham-On-Sea.com understands the concerns include that the carnival carts would jam up the A38 during daylight hours on a busy Friday; the number of marshalls for a Friday would be greater than the current Monday event; and the possible implications of more crime and disorder on a Friday night.

Carnival Chairman Phil New said told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am extremely disappointed that we haven't got the first Monday, but at least a decision has been made following long discussions."

The decision means that in 2012, Bridgwater Carnival will be held on Saturday 3rd November, Weston will be on Friday 9th, North Petherton will be on Saturday 10th, Burnham will be on Monday 12th, Shepton will be on Wednesday 14th, Wells will be on Friday 16th and Glastonbury will be on Saturday 17th.

This year's Burnham carnival will be held on Monday November 7th.

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