THE return of a town's popular carnival was a great success, says organisers.

Burnham Carnival is one of the most successful carnivals in the South-East.

However sadly last year's event was cancelled due to the pandemic.

It returned last Saturday (September 25) and despite there being no procession, it was enjoyed by guests from Burnham and further afield.

Wayne Martin said: "The day was a great success after a shaky start.

"We arrived to a power cut and the main road blocked into Burnham because of the fuel panic which led to delays in stall holders arriving and the stage running off a generator for most of the day."

The event started only ten minutes late due to the delays caused and from then on organisers say the day was fantastic.

"We had lots of stalls, and some great entertainment including the kids fancy dress," Wayne added.

"Without the procession this year we decided to go into the evening with the entertainment.

"T-bone steak finished off a great day at 9.30pm and some amazing fireworks from Steven's Funfair."

And visitors witnessed a surprise proposal.

"We are glad to say she said yes."

Guests enjoyed acts from Epic dance, E and E Dance, Steve Arnold, a fire display, Graeme Matthews, singer Michael Joslin and the Craic Heads.

The famous 999 races was won by the coastguard team.

Wayne said: "I also cannot forgot to mention the Essex cosplayers, Blackwater Pirates and A Fairytale Dream for coming down and entertaining everyone and help collecting monies.

"They were loved by everybody.

"Hopefully next year we can come back even stronger and with the illuminated procession."

WDM Sound kept the entertainment flowing all day.

Photography for the event was done by Daniel Reed from Captain Ceramics.

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