photos: Hundreds watch Burnham's Christmas lights switch-on
of people turned out to watch Burnham's world BMX champion Liam
Phillips and BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton switch on Burnham-On-Sea's
Christmas lights on Saturday (November 23rd).
switch-on included an all-day outdoor Christmas street market
and an afternoon of seasonal music outside the Victoria Hotel
in Victoria Street.
by Burnham Chamber of Trade, the event included performances by
St Andrew's School Choir, Coastline Singers, Curtain Call and
Berrow Bells plus a special visit by Father Christmas, who arrived
on one of Burnham's hovercrafts!
Mayor Martin Cox, MP Tessa Munt and the town's Carnival Queen
and Princess also gave their support.
successful event was overseen
by the Chamber of Trade with the support of Burnham Lions and
Town Team and was compered by radio presenter Ian Burrage.
Somerset's Emma Britton told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was
a great honour to be asked to switch on the lights - it was great
to see such a super turnout and a real festive atmosphere."
Phillips added: "Burnham means everything to me and it was
great to be invited along to perform the switch-on. I was really
impressed at the warmth of the community spirit on show."
Chamber of Trade Chairman Mark Newman added: "We're delighted
that such a great number of people came out and got the town's
Christmas celebrations off to such a super start. We have had
great support from many groups and individuals and thank everyone
who helped us with the event."
also thanked key backers including Rob Davey Electricals, Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council, The Ritz Cinema, Martin and Dee Lloyd
at The Victoria, and the Chamber of the Trade's Deryk Monaghan,
Alex Turco, Bev Milner Simonds and Rhonda Mills plus Burnham Lions'
here for video of the 2013 Christmas Lights Switch-On