November 6, 2005
Spectacular seafront fireworks display lights up skies above Burnham
More than 4,000 people flocked to Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday night, November 6th, to watch a stunning firework display that marked the start of the town’s annual Carnival festivities.
Crowds lined the seafront and beach to watch the 25 minute display which included over 5,000 individual explosions.
The theme was a celebratory one to commemorate the Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the 400th anniversary of Guy Fawkes.
The reflections on the sea and wet sand gave the display an added dimension, as shown in our photo above.
Alan Christie of Skyburst, the company that is supplying the fireworks, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We’ve made a very special effort this year with the combined anniversary of Trafalgar and the 400th anniversary of Guy Fawkes.”
“Our technicians have been busy designing new and innovative effects, some of which have never before been seen in the UK. It should be really special.”
He added: “The musical theme this year was a combination of nautical, movie and patriotic themes – allowing the best combinations of sequences to be choreographed.”
Sponsored by both the District Council and Town Council, the event was agian completely free, although a charity collection was held by several local groups and the Rotary Club collected hundreds of pounds.
The fireworks were fired from the jetty and the display got underway shortly after 6.30pm. The change in the start time this year was due to the 9.27pm high tide, which meant more time was needed to fully dismantle the equipment after the display.
The fireworks were followed by the Burnham and Highbridge Band playing at The Princess in Burnham. The first half of the group’s programme reflected Britain’s maritime heritage and the second half was more contemplative in line with the forthcoming Remembrance Day.
Sunday’s fireworks and concert is the traditional curtain-raiser to the annual Burnham-On-Sea Carnival, which is held the following day – Monday November 7th at 7.30pm.