Thousands of people lined the streets of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (November 6th) to watch dozens of illuminated floats and entertainers take part in the 71st Highbridge and Burnham Carnival.

Over 80 entries paraded through the town in a cavalcade of colour and excitement, watched by big crowds.

The judges awarded the best entry in the entire procession to Huckyduck Carnival Club for its Flying Dutchman cart – see Burnham-On-Sea 2017 Carnival results.

While the weather was chilly at 10°C, it remained dry until the very end of the evening when light rain moved in.

Burnham Carnival Chairman Phil New told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “The carnival was briefly delayed at the start of the evening for a medical emergency to allow the ambulance crews to deal with it, but the procession itself went off very well.”

He added that the first scheduled cart, Beautiful Creatures by Harlequin, developed a technical fault just before the start of the carnival and was unable to move off at the front of the parade, but it joined later.

Later in the procession, Pentathlon’s cart ‘Braveheart’ lost power and went around without any music or lighting – but got plenty of cheers from the crowds.

He added: “There were good natured crowds along the route and we thank everyone who came along, making it such a great evening.”

The event’s Chief Marshal Matt Scott told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “It was a super evening – we are all delighted with how it went.”

The biggest cheers of the night from local spectators went to Burnham-On-Sea’s Hillview Carnival Club with its colourful western-themed float called ‘Yee Ha!’.

Carnival Queen Melissa Fear, with her two Carnival Princesses – Sofia Mathews and Maisie Phillips – led the procession, pictured below.