THE town’s carnival weekend celebrations will once again start with a bang at the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival’s Grand Firework Display.

Sponsored by Bridgwater Town Council and supported by Sedgemoor District Council for the thirteenth successive year, the curtain raiser event will take place on Friday (November 2) at St Matthew’s Field.

The glittering fireworks display, which starts at 7.30pm, 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, which starts at 7pm from the nearby Bridgwater YMCA.

Malcolm Cattle, president for Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, said: “It is terrific news that we are once again able to hold a grand fireworks display on carnival night eve, and it is sure to get the town in the mood for what is to come the following night in the procession.

“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 £5 charge for parking in St Matthew’s Field, with all proceeds raised going towards the Bridgwater Carnival charity.

Gates for parking will open at 6pm.

No unauthorised pedlars will be allowed into the field during the event.

Don’t forget to contribute your pictures from the fireworks and the carnival itself to the Somerset Camera Club Facebook page and they may appear in our Bridgwater Carnival souvenir pullout in next Tuesday’s edition.