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