Crowds watch Burnham Xmas lights switched on by BBC host
crowds of people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea's annual Christmas
lights switch-on on Saturday (November 22nd) when BBC Points West
presenter Alex Lovell officially started the town's festive season.
70 colourful lights were turned on across the town centre during
an afternoon of free festive entertainment involving local choirs,
schools and music groups.
crowds were also able to see a display of real reindeer in Victoria
Street, and also enjoy a Christmas market
in the town centre overseen by Burnham's Chamber of Trade.
hitting a plunger to turn on the lights, Alex told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I was over the moon to be invited to switch on Burnham's
lights - I had such a warm welcome and it was great to see everyone
getting into a festive mood. I wish everyone a great Christmas."
event got underway with the Coastline Singers performing on stage
at 12.30pm, followed by the first round of the BOS Factor talent
Hand Bell Ringers also entertained the audience, followed by the
music from Burnham's St Joseph's School, Curtain Call, St Andrew's
School, Burnham Youth Choir and Burnham On Song.
Big crowds flocked to watch the big switch-on outside The
Christmas made his grand entrance onboard one of the BARB rescue
hovercrafts and then, to the delight of children, handed out free
outdoor food and craft gift market held along Victoria Street
throughout the day was also well suppprted with many stalls reporting
Chamber of Trade thanked all those who took part and attended.
Among those praised were the various groups and individuals who
performed on stage, plus Rob Davey Electricals, the Town Council,
Martin and Dee Lloyd at The Victoria, the Chamber of the Trade's
Deryk Monaghan, Kay Haines, Bev Milner Simonds, Phil Hemming and
Rhonda Mills, plus Burnham Carnival Committee and Burnham Lions.
Mark Newman added: "We're delighted that we had such a great
number of people watch the town's Christmas celebrations get off
to a super start. There was lots of very positive feedback on
the real reindeer display - a first this year - and the super
singing groups. We thank everyone who helped us with the event."
Burnham's town centre lights are now illuminated until the first
week of January