Thousands of people lined the streets of Burnham-On-Sea on Monday evening (November 5th) to watch dozens of illuminated floats and entertainers take part in the 72nd Highbridge and Burnham Carnival.

Over 80 entries paraded through the town in a dazzling spectacle of colour and excitement, watched by big crowds all along the route, which were boosted by an evening of dry and mild weather. See the full results of the Burnham-On-Sea Carnival

Some of the biggest cheers of the night from local spectators went to Burnham-On-Sea’s Hillview Carnival Club whose colourful ghost-themed float, The Spook Returns, was a hit.

Video of Burnham-On-Sea Carnival 2018

The parade was led by the Carnival Queen and Princesses, followed by Burnham’s emergency services including the fire service, Coastguard, BARB and the RNLI. Local bike group Burnham Bike Knights were also near the front.

There were a couple of minor hold-ups during the evening – a lady hurt herself in a fall from a collecting cart just before the start and an ambulance was called to help her in Frank Foley Parkway. In a separate incident, the carnival was briefly held for a lady who had fallen at the southern end of the High Street.

But Burnham Carnival Chairman Phil New told “It’s been a very successful evening – we are really pleased with how it’s gone and thank everyone who came along.”

Carnival Queen Niah Vall, with her two Carnival Princesses – Sienna Moores and Holly Chedzoy – proudly led the procession through town.