Updated: November 7, 2011
Burnham's spectacular seafront fireworks attract record crowds

Thousands of spectators lined Burnham's seafront to watch the town's spectacular fireworks display last night (Sunday, November 6th), which started with one minute's silence in memory of those who were killed in Friday's M5 motorway crash.

The dazzling 25-minute programme saw 3,500 fireworks launched into the air, accompanied by music, from the beach.

Burnham's Mayor, Michael Clarke, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was a fantastic show that greatly exceeded expectations and it was wonderful to see a record large crowd on the seafront enjoying the display."

"We felt it was fitting to mark the terrible events of last Friday with a minute's silence."

"The way this was respected was testament to the good nature of the people of Burnham. Our thoughts go to all the families affected."

Matthew Tosh from Skyburst, the firm that runs the display on behalf of the Town Council, said the event had run "perfectly to schedule".

This year's display was funded by the Town Council with the support of several local businesses, including Home Farm Caravan Park, Newcombe Caravan Park, Burnham-On-Sea Holiday Village, Highbridge Caravan Centre, Sandyglade Caravan Park, Unity Farm Holiday Centre and Dolphin Caravan Park.

Pictured: Top, the fireworks were let off from the beach next to Burnham jetty; above, the huge crowd in Pier Street

An unofficial 'squibbing' ceremony was held in Pier Street with sparklers

Burnham's Mayoress during the one minute's silence held for those who died in Friday's M5 motorway tragedy

Burnham Rotary Club members made collections for local charities

The Mayor, Mayoress and Town Clerk at Sunday's fireworks display

Some of the spectators watched the displayed from the beach

Photos: Burnham-On-Sea.com / Jason Adams / Al Crook


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