In photos: First look at Burnham carnival club's float as it takes
Hillview Carnival Club is a hive of activity this week as its
team of members work around the clock to get their float finished
in time for the start of November's carnival season.
was invited to take a look behind the scenes this week at the
work underway to complete the 100ft long cart, which will be seen
by tens of thousands of people at carnivals across Somerset.
year's float is called 'Hollywood Hotel 1939' and has a haunted
hotel theme featuring lightning and ghostly characters.
with more than 10,000 light bulbs, it has cost the club more than
£10,000 to build.
Chairman, Mark Bishop, pictured with designer Aron Whiting, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "A lot of thought has gone into designing
this year's cart, which has 70 moving parts and will really look
said the team has spent a full year building the entry, and making
major alterations to the fabric of the float to comply with new
road safety regulations.
is a top priority for us - we never cut corners - but to comply
with the new regulations a lot of extra work has been necessary,"
have installed a new chassis and a whole new braking system which
has involved substantial changes. Our drivers have all had to
go on special training courses to be fully compliant this year."
added that the club has had to watch every penny it has spent.
"£10,000 is a lot of money to find in these difficult
times - and we only survive by donations. We are hugely grateful
to all those who help us with fundraising. Clubs can only survive
with donations and we are very fortunate to have fantastic support."
especially grateful for the support of Woodberry Brothers in Highbridge
who have allowed us to build the cart on their premises. Given
the major changes needed this year, having the extra space has
100ft long cart will go on show to the public for the first time
at Bridgwater Carnival on November 3rd and it will come home to
Burnham for the town's carnival on Monday November 12th.
estimates that this year's new carnival route, which starts with
Bridgwater on Saturday November 3rd and then goes to Weston followed
by North Petherton, Burnham, Shepton, Wells and Glastonbury, will
cost the club a lot of extra money in fuel.
will be an expensive year for us moving around, but we are all
keen to see improvements and we are keeping an open mind on the
changes. I always say the town committees should run the carnivals
while the clubs run the carts."
team of 20 volunteers have this week been busily painting large
sections of the cart's sides, as the exterior takes shape.
said the club is hopeful that it can do well this year, but the
members don't want to raise expectations. "We'll
be really delighted if we do well, but it's the taking part that's
so important for us and creating some fun and smiles."