The final countdown is underway for the annual Highbridge and Burnham-On-Sea Carnival which starts at 7.30pm this evening (Monday, November 4th).
The Burnham-On-Sea weather forceast for tonight indicates that skies will be overcast with a chance of light rain at times during the parade. With chilly temperatures of 8°C, visitors are being advised to wrap up warm.
The procession will start at 7.30pm in Love Lane next to Burnham’s Tesco store before wending its way along Love Lane to Manor Road, along Victoria Street and the High Street, finishing in Marine Drive.
Spectators have been getting an early look at the colourful entries, pictured here, which are parked in Burnham’s Queen’s Drive and the Frank Foley Parkway.
Motorists are being warned that carnival road closures are in operation, and many town centre roads will be temporarily closed from 6.30pm until after the procession ends. See our complete guide to Burnham-On-Sea carnival for parking details.
Organisers say over 70 entries will be taking part – and the Carnival is once again set to be a dazzling event, drawing crowds of up to 30,000 people.
The procession will be proudly led by this year’s Carnival Queen Jessica Smith and her two Carnival Princesses, Belle-Seren Tetsell and Chloe Herowych.
A group of motorcyclists from Burnham Bike Knights will be near the front of the parade, followed by Burnham’s emergency services including the fire service, Coastguard, BARB Search & Rescue and the RNLI.
Last year’s Burnham-On-Sea carnival collection saw £12,769.59 collected on the night, much of which goes to support local charities and organisations, but also helps with the costs of holding the event.
Organisers have urged visitors to dig deep this evening and ensure the long-term future of the popular event is safeguarded.