Bright lights by sea as carnival rolls into town
Young members of Hillview Junior Carnival Club were hoping that the "Luck of the Irish" would keep them among the award-winners as their home-town carnival took to the streets of Burnham-on-Sea last night.
The club had already taken second prize in the Juvenile Cart class at Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival on Saturday with its cheerful evocation of the Emerald Isle.
Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea carnival is in good heart, and like Bridgwater traces its origins back to celebrations of the failure of the Catholic-inspired Gunpowder Plot back in 1605.
One of the brains behind the plot to blow up King James and the protestant Parliament was Jesuit priest Robert Persons, later known as Parsons, who was born at Nether Stowey, near Bridgwater.
Nowadays sheer creativity and innocent eccentricity are the cause for celebration as dozens of illuminated carts and spirited masqueraders fill the streets, braving wind and rain to entertain the crowds and raise thousands of pounds for charity.
The colourful cavalcade which began at Bridgwater has five more county carnival towns to illuminate before it concludes at Glastonbury on November 16.
You can catch the next parade when the carts roll up at Weston-Super-Mare. It takes to the streets of the resort at 7.15pm on Friday.