Carnival Latest: Complete guide to tonight's event
of people will line the streets of Burnham-On-Sea this evening
(Monday) when dozens of colourful illuminated carts take part
in the 67th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival.
The weather for tonight's procession - which starts at 7.30pm
- is forecast to be overcast with cool temperatures of around
and the chance of light rain at the end of the parade.
number of Carnival
day road closures and diversions will be in operation during
today's event and visitors are being advised to leave extra time before
Carnival Chairman Phil New, above, says everything is now
in place for a great night. "It promises to be a super evening
- we have around 90 entries in total, with 45 carts and 45 walking
groups and individuals, and there are some really great entries
residents and carnival enthusiasts have been getting an early
daylight glimpse of the entries in Love Lane ahead of tonight's
procession - and the carts are continuing to be on show through today.
route of tonight's parade is unchanged, starting in Love
Lane, near the town's Tesco supermarket. The carts will then wend
their way along Love Lane, into Manor Road and Victoria Street,
before travelling along Burnham High Street and finishing in Marine
Drive, as shown on the map.
entries arrived in Burnham's Love Lane on Saturday evening after
completing the Bridgwater Carnival. Burnham's Chief Marshall Paul
Archer told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The arrival of the carts
went very successfully and we've had positive feedback from nearby
residents - all is now on track for a great parade tonight."
added: "We hope that Aliens Carnival Club, who didn't make
it to Bridgwater, will be out tonight for the first time. And
we also hope that Centurions Carnival Club, who suffered several
technical problems on Saturday, will be also be in the parade."
biggest cheers of the night from locals, though, are likely to go to Burnham's
Hillview Carnival Club with its colourful Jungle Fever
cart, pictured here.
club - which is the last to be based in Burnham - is celebrating its 40th
anniversary after a challenging year and has pulled
out all the stops to create a super entry. Hillview
did well at Bridgwater on Saturday.
celebration of Hillview's 40th anniversary, four queens
will be leading tonight's parade. They will be last year's Queen
Emma Nicholson, 2007 Queen Kayley Elton, 2005 Queen Chloe Baker
and Sian Fisher from Hillview Carnival Club - pictured here
with Carnival Secretary Linda Bullimore.
Emma said: "I really loved it last year and am
very much looking forward to tonight's parade. The excitement is
really building and I just hope the weather stays good."
local groups taking part in the parade include Burnham's DanceFit dance academy
and The Princess Theatre.
emergency services, including BARB Search & Rescue and the
ambulance service, will be taking part in the procession near
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 tonight and there will also be collection carts
throughout the parade, with an appeal being made today for visitors
to dig deep and donate.
will be available at the car parks in Burnham's Oxford
Street, Marine Drive and at Morrisons supermarket. There will
also be spaces in some side streets. More details are available
in the official programme, on sale at £1.50 in the town.
Battle Of Atlantis by Marketeers is among the top entries to
look out for
Colourful entries abound including Merry Grinchmas from Wills
The Centurions cart broke down here in Burnham Road on Saturday
Fire and Ice, by Gorgons Carnival Club, on show in Burnham today
Burnham Carnival Chief Marshall Paul Archer says everything
is on track
A number of road closures, like this one in Frank Foley Parkway,
are in force today - click
here for the full list and diversions
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