couple to take part in Olympic squibbing ceremony
Burnham-On-Sea couple will be taking part in an historic ceremony
to mark the opening of the London 2012 Olympics this weekend.
Carnival Chairman Phil New and his wife Jayne, pictured, will
be travelling to Weymouth on Saturday where Bridgwater Carnival's
squibbing ceremony will take place to mark the start of the Olympics
- the first time in in its 300 year-old history that the event
will be held outside Bridgwater.
220 performers from Somerset carnival clubs will take part in
the display, which involves a row of people holding large sparkling
fireworks, during Saturday's 'Battle of the Winds' ceremony on
Weymouth Beach at around 10.45pm.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We feel really honoured to be invited
along - it will be exciting to be taking part."
Guy Fawkes Carnival's Squibbing Officer, Clive Kett, added: "We're
going to be doing it outside of Bridgwater for the first time
ever in the recorded history of squibbing, and Bridgwater has
been squibbing as an event since about 1700."
actually going to be using the 2005 anniversary squib which has
a gold sheaf of wheat pattern at the start [of the firework sparks]
and then a big silver titanium burst at the end, which I designed
about seven years ago."
coaches will ferry the squibbers from carnival groups including
Marketeers, British Flag, Vagabonds, Cavaliers, Crusaders, Centurion,
Newmarket, Pentathlon, Renegades, Gremlins, Wills, Griffins, Lyme
Kilne, YMCA, Marina Sydenham, Ramblers and Wilfs.
Top, Phil and Jayne New, who will be taking part in the Olympic