Burnham-On-Sea’s fireworks display is going ahead as planned tonight (Sunday) at 6.30pm, however gusty onshore winds will mean spectators may not be able to get as close as usual.
“Due to the strong onshore winds, we are intending to keep spectators away from a section of the seafront around the top of Pier Street, near the jetty, to south of the BARB/Coastguard station,” one of the organisers, Phil New, pictured below, told Burnham-On-Sea.com this afternoon.
“While motorists will be able to park in the Pier Street car park as usual, no-one will be able to stand in the car park to watch the fireworks for safety reasons.”
“There is a chance that material from the fireworks will be blown into those areas so, as a precuation, we are keeping spectators out of those sections to ensure everyone is safe.”
Spectators will be able to watch along the North Esplanade as usual and also south of the BARB/Coastguard station.
The organisers are promising a spectacular display. The fireworks will be launched from a specially-made scaffolding platform on the jetty, pictured below, due to the high tide.
The weather for tonight’s fireworks is forecast to be dry and cold, with a north-westerly breeze, so spectators are being advised to wrap up warm.
Skyburst, who are running the display, say it will be a “really special” display with a wide range of dazzling fireworks.
The event, which is being held on the night before the Burnham-On-Sea Carnival, is overseen by Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Town Council and will be free of charge thanks to local business sponsorship.
Spectators will be encouraged to give donations to the Rotary Club charity collectors.
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge’s Mayor, Cllr Bill Hancock, will announce the countdown to the display at 6.30pm.
This year’s sponsors include Home Farm Holiday Park, Positive Wealth Creation, Highbridge Caravans, PJ Harris Funeral Services, Holley and Steer, Round Tower Guest House and Newcombe Caravan Park.
The South Esplanade will be closed from 5pm until approximately 7.45pm. The organisers do try to open the roads up as early as possible after this event once it is safe to do so.
Motorists who park in the Pier Street car park or on the South Esplanade are advised that there are often delays leaving the event. Traffic control will be provided by marshalls to try and reduce the queueing times.
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