can't stop Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights switch-on!
rain didn't stop the festive spirit in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday
when the town's Christmas lights were switched on.
visitor numbers were down on previous years, several hundred people
braved the weather to watch local Paralympic athletes Deb Criddle
and Anthony Stephens light up the town and enjoy seasonal entertainment.
festive music from St Andrew's School, the Mudlarks Community
Choir and Berrow hand bell ringers, plus Father Christmas, roast
chestnuts and face painting, there was still plenty to keep families
amused despite the rain.
of Burnham's Olympic torchbearers, Jason Vickers, Tony Bird, Katrina
Doyle and Arthur Gilbert, were joined on stage
by Mayor Ken Smout, Carnival Queen Jenna Picton and princesses
Rachel Nicol and Lily Kilduff on stage for the big switch-on.
event was organised
by Burnham Chamber of Trade, the Town Team and
the Somerset and Dorset pub in Burnham High Street and
was compered by local radio presenter Ian Burrage.
equestrian rider Deb Criddle, who won three medals at the 2012
London Games and happily posed for photos with spectators, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was a great honour to be asked to
switch on Burnham's lights with Anthony. It was a such shame that
the weather was poor, but there was still a great turnout and
a real festive atmosphere."
Parlaympic swimmer Anthony Stephens added: "I really enjoyed
it - it was an honour to be invited along and we had such as warm
reception from the crowd - many thanks to all involved."
Chamber of Trade Co-Chairman Mark Newman said: "We're delighted
that people came out despite the wet conditions. We have had great
support and everyone was in good spirits, making it a great start
Santa got a warm reception when he appeared on stage
St Andrew's School Choir got the crowd in a festive mood with
Father Christmas distributed sweets to youngsters at the event
Burnham's Mudlarks Community Choir were in fine voice for their
The school choir entertained the crowds with a super line-up
Santa arrived to loud cheers along the High Street
torchbearers, Jason Vickers, Tony Bird, Katrina Doyle and Arthur
Festive handbell music was provided by the Berrow Bells group
Chamber of Trade Co-Chairman Mark Newman and Mayor Ken
Smout presented gifts to the two VIP guests to thank them for
Deb and Anthony were happy to pose for photos with the spectators