Burnham-On-Sea’s Mayor has congratulated the town’s Hillview Carnival Club this week after they won the County Cup by clinching first place overall.

The club, which is celebrating its 40th year, won first place in its class in Glastonbury, Wells, Burnham, North Petherton and Shepton, and second-place spots in Bridgwater and Weston – earning them the most points and thereby clinching the County Cup.

Mayor Martin Cox, right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “I would like to congratulate the club on their great success this year.”

“I know the club’s members and children work so hard through the year to ensure they have a fantastic cart and they definitely deserve this win. They have made our towns proud of them.”

Hillview’s colourful jungle-themed entry, called Jungle Fever, received praise from spectators and judges across Somerset during the two-week carnival season.

Hillview’s treasurer, Lyn Burland, told Burnham-On-Sea.com the club has enjoyed a “great season” and is “absolutely delighted” to have won.

The club has had a challenging year after losing its base at Woodberry Brothers in Highbridge whne it went bust, leaving the club homeless with nowhere to build.

However, its team of volunteers rallied behind the club and still managed to complete the cart in two months from a new base when Terry Rickards at Burnham Waste allowed the cart to be built on his land in Highbridge.

Pictured: Top, Hillview’s jungle-themed entry in action at Glastonbury on Saturday (pic Al Crook) and above in Burnham earlier in the month