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Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Carnival reverses plan to switch 2013 date

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 14, 2013

Marina Sydenham Carnival Club's Clown Town at the 2012 Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Carnival

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Bridgwater Carnival will not lose its position as the first of the Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals this year, after Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Carnival organisers reversed a plan to take the lead.

But it is still considering the change for 2014.

Highbridge and Burnham announced its intention to move to the day before Bridgwater last month in a bid to woo a bigger crowd.

Weston-Super-Mare carnival, which had traditionally been the last in the series, moved its date ahead of its fellow seaside parade last year.

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Highbridge and Burnham carnival committee believed the date switch contributed to a drop of £2,400 in its street collection and said it had no option but to opt for the Friday before Bridgwater’s new Saturday parade day.

The move proved controversial, and following a meeting this week Highbridge and Burnham carnival organisers have decided to hold the parade on Monday November 4, two days after Bridgwater.

In a statement, the Burnham and Highbridge Carnival Association said: “All aspects of discussions between our committee, the Bridgwater clubs and other interested parties were taken on board.

“At the end of the discussion a vote was taken and because of the time constraints the committee opted for the Monday (November 4) following Bridgwater for 2013. However, the committee will be conducting a full feasibility study throughout this year and work towards the development of a detailed consultation proposal for a move to the first Friday in 2014.

“The committee hopes that all parties will support this decision and help us to achieve a successful carnival this year.”

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