Bridgwater Carnival Committee has tweaked the end of this year's procession route to ease congestion on local roads.

The committee has announced that instead of turning off at the Penel Orlieu roundabout towards Broadway, this year's carnival, on Saturday, November 3, will head along Mount Street up to Castle Moat, where the procession will end.

Up to that point, the route will be the same as in previous years.

The change follows a shake-up of the order of the seven carnivals which form the Somerset County Guy Fawkes Association circuit.

A Bridgwater Carnival Committee spokesman said: “Discussions have taken place between the carnival committee, the three emergency services, Somerset Highways and the Highways Agency and an agreement has been reached on the best plans to minimise the disruption to motorists leaving the town after the carnival procession and to facilitate the safe movement of the carts to Weston-super-Mare, which is next on the carnival circuit on November 9.

“This change of route should benefit both people heading out of the town after watching the carnival celebrations, and the entrants who will need to take their entries to their various parking locations.”

The 1,200 grandstand tickets for this year's procession, which are sponsored by EDF Energy, are now on sale, priced £14 each, by clicking the link by this story, or by phoning Mike Crocker on 01278-451415.