CARNIVAL 2017: Carnival committee cancels live stream due to technical issues
BRIDGWATER Carnival Committee had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel its live streaming on the internet of the procession on Saturday (November 4, 2017) night.
It had been hoped that thousands of people from around the world would be able to link into the live stream online and watch the glittering procession weave its way through the streets of Bridgwater and, hopefully, make a donation to the collection coffers.
But the live stream was beset with problems from the start and at 8.45pm the committee used social networking Twitter to announce it was giving up.
“With huge regret we’ve had to cancel due to technical issues – refunds will be offered,” said the message on Twitter to anyone who had made a donation towards the Carnival funds by watching the live stream.
It left many people, unable to get to Bridgwater to watch the procession in person, disappointed at not being able to watch the illuminated cavalcade.
More than 30,000 people in 199 countries were able to see the 2016 procession live while relaxing in the comfort of their own homes.
Now organisers were hoping that those numbers would increase this year with the live streaming of the Bridgwater Carnival once again, sponsored by Magnox Ltd.
A Carnival spokesman said: “Whilst we had a few hiccups last year many told us they enjoyed the stream with 42,712 hits on our website on Carnival day alone and watched in 119 countries.”
Sadly, the committee will be bitterly disappointed at the decision to scrap the live streaming because of technical issues.
The Bridgwater Press was hoping to feature the committee’s live stream on the website and so apologises to viewers and share in the disappointment.
But it does not mean that the tens of thousands who have lined the streets of Bridgwater have not enjoyed the show.