of Jubilee celebrations for Burnham and Highbridge
busy weekend of events is underway across the Burnham-On-Sea area
as celebrations to mark the Queen's Jubilee are held.
full diary of Jubilee events in the Burnham and Highbridge area
is as follows.
9.45am Apex Leisure Park: Unveiling of the Commemorative
Jubilee Wall and seating (provided by the Rotary Club of Burnham).
11am Start of town's Jubilee Parade to the beach,
with a band from our French twin town of Le Ferre, and led by
Burnham's Olympic torch bearers.
11.30am At the water feature at the junction of Marine
Drive a plaque to mark the extension of the grassed area and additional
seating as part of this year's Jubilee celebrations will be unveiled.
During the morning a fairground organ will play in this
Noon - Expected time the parade will reach the top
of Pier Street to assemble on the beach just north of the pavilion.
12.30pm Attempt on a world record for the most number
of sandcastles built in one hour. All welcome - click here
for more details.
1.30pm Jubilee picnic in the refurbished Marine Cove
Gardens (bring your own picnic). Performances from Punch &
Judy, and music from a fairground organ. See the handmade bunting
adorning the shelters.
10am to 4pm: Royal British Legion Open Day in Victoria
Street, including a visit from the Somerset Motorcycle Club.
2pm: Brent Knoll Jubilee Fete - on the village green.
3pm: In Highbridge, the unveiling by the Mayor and
deputy Mayor of a commemorative plaque on the base of the newly-designed
four faced pillar clock in Jubilee Gardens, the costs of which
have been met by public and private donations. The French band
from Le Ferre will play in the gardens, and later on Highbridge
4pm Over 60s Jubilee tea party in Highbridge Community
Hall for those Highbridge residents who have reserved seats. For
more details please contact Mrs Rosemarie Parsons by telephoning
6pm Burnham Esplanade: Arrival of Vale of Avalon Vintage
cars from Glastonbury in Morrisons car park. Prizes to be presented
by the Town Mayor, including a special Jubilee cup donated by
RCH Brewery. There will also be a display of early bicyles courtesy
of Mr Andy Brewer on the grassed area near the pilot office.
During the late afternoon/early evening, a sail-past
by members of the Burnham Motor Boat and Sailing Club will take
11.30am Service of Thanksgiving for the Diamond Jubilee
of Her Majesty the Queen at St Andrew's church, Burnham-on-Sea
12.30 Ceremony to mark the refurbishment of the 1887
Jubilee drinking fountain at Sea View Road and unveiling of a
Diamond Jubilee Stone. The Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council,
the Mayor and his deputies will attend this event. Cups to be
provided to "take the water"
Noon to 5pm "Jubilee Jazz in the Park" in
the Manor Gardens, organised by CADS. At approx. 1pm there will
be a brief halt for the unveiling of a plaque marking the refurbishment
of the band stand in Jubilee year. The Sedgemoor Chairman and
the Mayor will be attending the ceremony.
6.30pm "Churches Together" open air service
in Marine Cove (if inclement weather in near by St Andrews Church)
12 noon to 7pm: Jubilee family fun day next to the Bay Centre
in Cassis Close, featuring live music from local musicians, a
fairground organ and Punch & Judy shows, a boucy castles,
and much more. There will also be a Royal-themed fancy-dress parade,
a raffle and a tombola. This is a non-profit making event with
all proceeds going to local voluntary groups and charities. All
2pm: Jubilee Picnic on Brent Knoll Village Green or
parish hall if inclement weather
Many street parties are planned today - the Mayor
or one of his two deputies will endeavour to visit as many as
possible to present a certificate to the organiser.
10pm: Jubilee sing song around a camp fire on Brent
Knoll followed at 10.30pm by the lighting of the Brent Knoll bonfire
10.15pm Lighting of a Jubilee beacon where the River
Brue joins the River Parett as part of the national chain of Jubilee
beacons (the last beacon being lit by Her Majesty the Queen herself
at 10.30pm). The best position to see the beacon will be from
The Esplanade, towards the Yacht Club. The Town Council is grateful
to Hillview Junior Carnival Club for its assistance with constructing
TUESDAY 5 JUNE:
During the morning a fairground organ will be set up
close to the top of the jetty.
1pm onwards Afternoon cream tea in Marine Cove Gardens
with entertainment from the Burnham and Highbridge Town Band,
and from Punch & Judy.
Between 28 May and 7 June there will be displays in
shopwindows in Burnham-On-Sea to mark Her Majesty the Queen's
60 years' reign.
As part of the celebrations the Ritz Cinema will be showing the
award-winning film "The Queen" For further details on
times please contact the Ritz cinema.
Three specially-designed flower beds (funded jointly
by the Town Council and Sedgemoor District Council) have been
planted in Jubilee Gardens in Highbridge, the entrance to Apex
Park, and at the Esplanade end of Sea View Road.
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