The organisers of Burnham-On-Sea’s annual seafront fireworks display have this week appealed for local businesses to help fund the event’s £9,000 costs.

This year’s display is scheduled to begin at 6.30pm on Sunday 2nd November with a sparkling line-up of fireworks from the town’s jetty.

At a meeting last night (Tuesday), councillors agreed to proceed with the display at a cost of £7,000 for the fireworks plus around £1,800 for other items including the PA system, medical cover, road closures and marshalls.

Cllr Michael Clarke, who chairs the council’s Town Projects Committee that oversees the display, told “This year, to save money and because of the tide times, we won’t need to use scaffolding to launch the fireworks. A trolley will instead be used to take the fireworks down onto the beach. This means more funding will be spent on the fireworks themselves than in previous years.”

“The carnival weekend is the most important weekend of the year for Burnham. It brings in thousands of people and helps our businesses.”

He added that while the display is funded by Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, support from local businesses is vital.

“We are sending out letters shortly to local businesses asking them to dig deep as sponsors and to help ensure the event continues to go ahead. With our finances squeezed, their support is important.”

Large crowds line The Esplanade to watch the display, which is held on the night before Burnham-On-Sea Carnival. The Town Council can be reached on 01278 788088.