The Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival weekend celebrations will start with a bang with a ‘Grand Firework Display’.
Sponsored by Bridgwater Town Council and supported by Sedgemoor District Council for the tenth successive year, the curtain raiser event will take place on Friday 6 November at 7.30pm. The glittering fireworks display has proved popular in the past with spectators and has been well supported by people in and around the Sedgemoor area.
The build up to the fireworks display will start at 3pm, as there will be other attractions at St Matthew’s Field to entertain the family, including a handful of fairground rides, kindly provided by the world famous Chipperfield family.
Local school children will also be getting in on the fun with a special lantern parade before the big display begins. Leading this parade will be a willow effigy of Guy Fawkes, made by Somerset Willow Company, which will be ceremoniously lit at the start of the firework display by Rita Jones, the president of Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival. The effigy stands 14ft tall, contains 11,556 strands of willow and took two and a half weeks to weave.
Bridgwater Mayor, Leigh Redman, said: “The carnival celebrations show Bridgwater at its very best, and the Town Council are happy to sponsor the fireworks display once again.
“Carnival attracts many people into the town and brings much business to the economy, and it is an event we are all extremely proud of.”
Councillor Anne Fraser, Portfolio holder for Economic Growth at Sedgemoor District Council, said: “Once again, Sedgemoor District Council is delighted to support this event which brings many visitors and local people into the town for the annual Carnival.”
Dave Stokes, publicity officer for Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, added: “It is terrific news that Bridgwater Town Council is once again sponsoring this year’s fireworks display, and it will get the town in the mood for what is to come the following night.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bridgwater Town Council and Sedgemoor District Council for their continued generosity. If it wasn’t for the help we receive from local authorities, organisations and companies, our carnival would not be as popular as it is.”
There will be a small charge for parking in St Matthew’s Field, with all proceeds raised going towards the Bridgwater Carnival charity.
No unauthorised pedlars will be allowed into the field during the event.