photos: Burnham couple take part in Olympic squibbing ceremony
Burnham-On-Sea couple have spoken of their pride at taking part
in an historic ceremony to mark the opening of the London 2012
Carnival Chairman Phil New and his wife Jayne, right, travelled
to Weymouth at the weekend where Bridgwater Carnival's unique
squibbing ceremony took place to mark the start of the Olympics,
the first time in its 300 year-old history that the event has
been held outside Bridgwater.
and Jayne were among over 220 performers from Somerset carnival
clubs who took part in the display, which saw a row of people
holding giant sparkling fireworks during the 'Battle of the Winds'
ceremony on Weymouth Beach.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com afterwards: "It was a brilliant evening
- so memorable. It will stay with us forever."
were really honoured to take part and it was great to see large
crowds turn out to watch the whole ceremony."
Guy Fawkes Carnival's Squibbing Officer, Clive Kett, confirmed
it was the first time in the recorded history of squibbing - which
dates back to around 1700 - that the event has been held outside
District Council Chairman Gill Slocombe was also among the group
taking part in the sparkling ceremony to celebrate the start of
the London Games.
coaches ferried the squibbers from Somerset carnival groups including
Marketeers, British Flag, Vagabonds, Cavaliers, Crusaders, Centurion,
Newmarket, Pentathlon, Renegades, Gremlins, Wills, Griffins, Lyme
Kilne, YMCA, Marina Sydenham, Ramblers and Wilfs.
The Olympic squibbing ceremony (Photos: Andy Slocombe)