Burnham fireworks cancelled
DISAPPOINTED residents in Burnham did not get to enjoy the town s firework display after it was cancelled due to strong winds.
DISAPPOINTED residents in Burnham did not get to enjoy the town's firework display after it was cancelled due to strong winds.
Sedgemoor District Council and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council had to make the difficult decision on Sunday night after advice from the display company, Skyburst.
Test rockets were let off and organisers discovered the exclusion zone for spectators would have to move from the seafront to Pier Street, the Pier Street car parks and the South Esplanade.
A spokesman for the district council said: "It was felt that this exclusion zone was too large to marshal safely and successfully. The erratic wind patterns on Sunday night meant that public safety could not be guaranteed.
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"The decision to cancel the fireworks was not taken lightly and a great deal of thought was put into possible alternative arrangements.
"This is the first time in more than 15 years that the display has been cancelled but the safety of spectators has always been our prime concern."
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An Italian market, which was due to last all weekend in The Esplanade, was also cancelled on Sunday because of the wind.