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May 25, 2005
Bid for a flight on Burnham's Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft

A trip on the hovercraft is up for auction

Internet users have leapt at the opportunity to buy a 30-minute flight onboard the life-saving Burnham hovercraft.

BARB, the organisation that runs the hovercraft, launched an online auction - with a flight around Bridgwater Bay on the Spirit Of Lelaina up for grabs.

21 bids were received for the flight, which sold for £245 on Wednesday May 25. Within four hours of the auction starting ten days earlier, the reserve price of £50 for the trip had been met.

The successful bidder, Graham Hobden of Weston-super-Mare, will meet the crew, be given a guided tour of the hovercraft station and receive a pre-flight briefing before boarding the craft for an unforgettable trip over land and water.

The trip will last at least 30 minutes and possibly longer, depending on weather conditions.

Once complete, the auction winner will be flown back to Burnham to see the craft refuelled, cleaned and prepared for its next launch.

After a flight de-brief, there will be a chance for a photograph session with the crew and craft - giving the bidder a lasting reminder of the day.

The flight is one of several Burnham hovercraft items which Web users will be able to bid for in coming months.

"This is just the start of an ongoing fundraising initiative that we hope will raise a good sum over the next year," added organiser Chris Gammon.

Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft costs more than £20,000 a year to run. With plans to introduce a second craft later this year, additional funds are needed.


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