Burnham cart gets finishing touches ahead of Bridgwater
of Burnham-On-Sea's Hillview Carnival Club have put the finishing
touches to their cart, called Jungle Fever, ahead of the start
of Somerset's carnival season in Bridgwater on Saturday.
club - which is celebrating its 40th year - has completed its
jungle-themed entry with the help of a team of volunteers working
around the clock.
with more than 5,000 light bulbs, the 80ft-long cart has cost
the club more than £10,000 to build.
Duncan Britton told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Everything's on
track for the first parade of the season - our team has been working
incredibly hard to get the cart fully completed in time."
children who will perform on it are ready too and the excitement
is now building ahead of Bridgwater."
club thanked Terry Rickards at Burnham Waste, who has allowed
the cart to be built on his site in Highbridge after the loss
of Woodberry and Haines, the club's pevious home, earlier in the
treasurer, Lyn Burland, added: "We're relieved to be going
to Bridgwater with such a great cart. It's been a tough year for
us after struggling to find somewhere to build the entry and it
did look at one point as though we wouldn't be out this year."
team of volunteers have been working all hours installing light
bulbs and painting the final sections of the cart over the past
few days as the entry has been completed.
will be seen by thousands of people at carnivals across Somerset,
starting in Bridgwater this evening and then Highbridge and Burnham
on Monday, when the carnival will start at 7.30pm (November 3rd).
Hillview's Chrissy Britton and Sue Buck working on the cart this
week helped by, centre, some of the club's younger members