X-Factor star Matt Cardle sings at Burnham-On-Sea Xmas event
of people turned out to watch 2010 X-Factor winner Matt Cardle
perform in Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Saturday evening during
a special Christmas event.
singer performed in front of over 350 people at the Christmas
Spectacular in Burnham High Street for 30 minutes.
evening show began with a performance by talented up-and-coming
singer Harrisen Larner-Main from Weston before Matt Cardle took
the stage to loud cheers from the spectators.
performance came at the end of a day of entertainment that was
aimed at encouraging shoppers into the town centre and included
a mini fun fair.
by Burnham Events Social Team, the event was funded with a £3,000
grant from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council.
Craig Peters told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We've had lots of
positive feedback for this first event and it's something we hope
to build on, coming back with something even better next year."
owners in the town centre reported mixed trade during the day.
Carrie Davies at Inspiration gift shop, where the fun fair was
located, said: "Trade has been up with lots of extra visitors
- the fair was in a great position for us and we'd like to see
here every Saturday!"
Shack's Kirsty Isom said: "It's good to something different
going on, but it's not really helped our trade beyond what we'd
usually expect on a Christmas Saturday."
Morris at GW Hurleys said: "It's nice to see the kids enjoying
themselves but I do think this event is far too big. The closure
of the whole of the High Street was completely unnecessary when
nothing happened on the stage at the Cross Street junction until
the evening. I'd prefer to see the fun fair held in the coach
car park, allowing access to the town centre on a busy shopping
weekend - I just don't think it works in the High Street."
Loze at Anthony James added: "It's been a great day - a lot
busier than normal and we've seen lots of extra shoppers buying
King at the RNLI charity shop said: "It's been a good day
for us - we had over 500 customers and that was good for trade."
Dicks at Boots The Chemist said: "We had a very busy daytime
- it was really busy at times with queues building, but then it
went very quiet in the evening with just five customers an hour
gift shop said they had experienced a "good day's trade,
higher than we'd usually expect on a Saturday at this time of
Dean at Flowers and Things added: "We had a busy day but
we'd usually see that anyway just two weeks before Christmas -
overall, it was nothing special."
Les Barber at Bessies Sweet Shoppe added that it had been "an
average Saturday overall" for his High Street business.
organising team, pictured, during the event. The fun fair's five
rides set up along the southern section of the High Street were
helped by dry, mild weather. The organisers say they intend to
hold another event in December 2016.