Carnival 2013: Excitement builds on town's big day
of people will line the streets of Burnham-On-Sea this evening
(Monday) when dozens of colourful illuminated carts take part
in the 66th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival.
weather for tonight's procession - which starts at 7.30pm - is
forecast to be overcast and dry with temperatures of around 8°C.
number of road closures
will be in operation during today's carnival and visitors are
advised to leave extra time before travelling.
carts arrived in Queen's Drive on Saturday night after completing
the Bridgwater Carnival, and many families and carnival enthusiasts
have been getting an early glimpse of the entries in the daylight
ahead of tonight's procession.
Carnival Chairman Phil New said that everything is now in place
for a great event. "It promises to be a super evening - we
have around 100 entries in total, half of which are carts. There
are some really good entries this year and it should be a great
year's Carnival Queen, Emma Nicholson, and her princesses, Pheobe
Stargatt and Amber Hayward (pictured
right) will lead the parade, which begins at 7.30pm.
event will start as usual in Love Lane, near the town's Tesco
supermarket, and will then make its way along Love Lane, onto
Manor Road, before travelling along Burnham High Street and finishing
in Marine Drive.
emergency services, including Burnham Coastguard, BARB, the ambulance
service and the town's fire service, will be taking part in the
procession near the front of the parade.
the local entries is Burnham's
Hillview Carnival Club with its colourful Luck Of The Irish cart,
pictured below, which is sure to attract big cheers from spectators
on its home carnival circuit. Other
local groups taking part include DanceFit and the Lucy Gunter
taking part in tonight's parade include Pudsey Bear, the mascot
of BBC Children In Need, pictured right in a visit to Highbridge
earlier this year.
Burnham Town Crier Alastair Murray and long-serving Burnham Carnival
President Malcolm Borland will also be near the front of the parade.
200 volunteers have come forward to help collect donations from
spectators on the night and there will also be collection carts
throughout the parade, with a fresh appeal being made for visitors
to dig deep.
will be available at the car parks in Burnham's Oxford
Street, Marine Drive and at Morrisons supermarket. There may also
be spaces in some side streets.
guide to the 2013 Burnham-On-Sea Carnival