date change could place Burnham's fireworks in jeopardy
future of Burnham-On-Sea's seafront fireworks display could be
in jeopardy amid fresh questions about the cost of the display
and the possibility that the town's carnival may move to a new
day in 2013.
of the Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee considered
the future of the event at their latest meeting this week.
Clerk Eileen Shaw said this year's display had cost the Town Council
£7,350, with just £1,350 being met by sponsorship
said: "It is increasingly difficult to get donations during
these tough economic times and some residents do ask whether it
is the council's role to spend such a large sum on a fireworks
are not sure when the display will be in 2013, or whether it will
go ahead, because talks are underway on a possible change of day
for Burnham Carnival."
Neville Jones added: "If the carnival were to move from its
usual Monday slot, then the fireworks might have to be chopped."
traditional to have the fireworks on the night before the carnival
to make a weekend of it and help traders, but if we were to lose
the pull of the carnival it would put the display in question."
Mayor Cllr Ken Smout said: "It would be a great shame to
lose the display, particularly after such an excellent display
Chairman Phil New told Burnham-On-Sea.com after the meeting that
the date of the 2013 Highbridge and Burnham Carnival is still
being discussed and no decision is expected for several weeks
the Town Council has placed funding for the fireworks display
into its budget for 2013 but a final decision on whether the event
goes ahead will not be taken until after the carnival date is
The large crowds at Burnham's seafront fireworks display earlier
this month and, above, the town's carnival which may change day