22, 2015 Crowds
watch Michael Eavis light up Burnham-On-Sea for Christmas
crowds of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's annual Christmas lights
switch-on on Saturday (November 21st) to see Glastonbury Festival
founder Michael Eavis officially start the town's festive season.
of new illuminations were turned on across the town centre during
an afternoon of free festive entertainment involving local choirs,
schools and music groups organised by Burnham's Chamber of Trade.
well-timed flurry of snow ensured there was a seasonal feel to
the switch-on, which saw a giant plunger pushed to turn on the
lights, with Mayor Michael Clarke, MP James Heappey, Carnival
Queen Abbi Fear and Town Crier Alistair Murray.
Eavis told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I was honoured to be invited
along to switch on Burnham's lights - I love Burnham and always
get such a warm welcome here. It was great to see everyone getting
in a festive mood."
event started with the first round of Burnham's own BOS Factor
talent competition. Groups performing on the stage included Brent
Knoll School, Coastline Singers,
Hand Bell Ringers, Burnham's St Joseph's School, St Andrew's School
and Burnham On Song.
year's BOS Factor winner, Gracie Wickens-Sweet, who was also a
semi-finalist on this year's ITV Britain's Got Talent -
gave a superb performance of three songs in the run-up to the
made his grand arrival onboard a train provided by Burnham Lions
and then, to the delight of children, handed out free sweets.
display of real reindeer added to the festive atmosphere.
outdoor food and gift market was held along Victoria Street throughout
the day, which was well supported with many stalls reporting busy
Chamber of Trade & Commerce thanked all those who'd taken
part and helped. Among them were the Town Council, who funded
the new lights, and the various groups and individuals who performed
on stage, plus Burnham Lions who provided marshalls, Rob Davey
Electricals, Martin and Dee Lloyd at The Victoria, the Chamber's
Deryk Monaghan, Kay Haines, Phil Hemming, Alex Turco and Rhonda
Mills, plus Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds, Steven Caple, Matt Hardy
and Greg Kelloway, and sponsors Positive Wealth Creation, Material
Needs and Keedwells.
Cook from GC Sound and Light was also specially thanked for his
work on the sound and music system through the day.
of Trade Chairman Mark Newman added: "We thank everyone who
helped to make the event such a success. We are delighted that
such a great number of spectators turned out to watch the Christmas
celebrations get off to a fantastic start and we encourage everyone
to support our town's shops and businesses during the busy Christmas
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