26, 2017 Photos:
Burnham-On-Sea Christmas lights switch-on draws big crowds
crowds of spectators turned out to watch BBC Points West presenter
David Garmston switch on Burnham-On-Sea's Christmas lights on Saturday
event, organised by Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade, was held in
Victoria Street and included by an afternoon of local community
were superb festive performances on the stage from Burnham and Highbridge
Town Band, former Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist Gracie
Wickens-Sweet, Lisa Jane School of Dance, St Andrew's School Choir,
Brent Knoll School Choir, Coastline Singers, Burnham On Song and
the Siobhan Johnson Singers.
of 'snow' moments after the switch-on added to the festive feel,
which was in keeping with the freezing weather.
Christmas lights were lit up for the festive season by the BBC's
David Garmston alongside Burnham's MP James Heappey, Deputy Mayor
Cllr Peter Clayton, Town Crier Alistair Murray, Carnival Queen Melissa
Fear and BoS Factor talent competition winner Dennis Salmon, all
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was an honour to be invited along
to switch on Burnham's Christmas lights and it was wonderful to
receive such a warm welcome and to see everyone in a festive mood!"
arrival of a flurry of 'snow' delighted youngsters in the crowd
attending the switch-on.
Christmas also called in during the day, arriving on a specially-made
train with the help of Burnham Lions, handing out free gifts to
families were also able to enjoy free Christmas donkey rides, plus
fairground rides and attractions. Festive stalls were also set up
to add to the atmosphere.
BoS Factor talent competition made a welcome return and saw Melissa
Fear, Dennis Salmon and Paul Young reaching the final sing-off before
the switch-on. Dennis was voted the winner, judged by the loudest
cheers from the crowd, and he won the Chamber of Trade's £100
prize which he decided to donate Rosewood Carers Group and Music
For The Memory, two local support groups.
at Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade & Commerce thanked all those
who had attended and helped to make the event a success.
them were Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, who part-funded the
event, and the various groups and individuals who performed on stage
thanked included the Chamber's Deryk Monaghan, Matt Scott, Keith
Elliott, Mark Newman, Kay Haines, Rhonda Mills and Phil Hemming
plus MC Dave Englefield from Sedgemoor FM, Burnham Lions, Burnham
Carnival Committee, Rob Davey, The Victoria, GC Music, Keedwells,
BARB and the Fire Service.
of Trade spokesman added: "We thank everyone who helped to
make the 2017 lights switch-on such a success."
were delighted that such a great number of spectators supported
the event, getting Burnham's celebrations get off to a fantastic
encourage local shoppers to support our town centre shops in the
run-up to Christmas."
On Song were the final act at Saturday's switch-on event
donkeys proved popular with families during the day
Jane School of Dance gave an impressive routine of dance and song
Knoll School choir got the audience in a Christmas mood
Knoll School choir sang a range of festive songs and carols
created a wave of excitement as he arrived in Burnham-On-Sea
Christmas gave out presents and met youngsters
Salmon was crowned the winner of the BoS Factor 2017 contest
Fear sang several pitch-perfect songs in the BoS Factor contest
Young was on top form as he sang in the BoS Factor competition
Singers performed a super range of festive music during the day
and Highbridge Town Band gave a stirring line-up of festive music
Got Talent semi-finalist Gracie Wickens-Sweet wowed the
crowd with three songs that demonstrated her skills
Andrew's School Choir sang a super range of songs for the event
St Andrew's pupils were in great voice at Saturday's switch-on
big crowd watched the event outside the Victoria Hotel in Burnham
Carnival Queen with David Garmston, Cllr Peter Clayton and MP James
Heappey ready to push the plunger to turn on the lights
was delighted to meet several new young friends
Christmas donkeys proved a hit with families visiting the event
Norton of the Siobhan Johnson Singers was in full voice
Thomas of the Siobhan Johnson Singers impressed with her songs
queued at the Burnham Lions train to meet Santa
man with the big red coat was in popular demand!
lined Victoria Street in Burnham for the event
and the fire service were invited along to Saturday's event
Dave Englefield interviewing Santa during the build-up to the switch-on
Andy Brewer and Cllr Peter Clayton meeting the BBC's David Garmston
enjoying the music during Saturday's switch-on event
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