Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: July 18, 2008
Former BBC Blue Peter presenter visits Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft

Former BBC Blue Peter presenter Matt Baker visited Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (July 17th) when he recorded a radio interview with the town's rescue hovercraft crew.

Matt, who presented Blue Peter for seven years spanning over 700 editions, now works as a radio presenter on the BBC Radio Four series Open Country.

He visited BARB, the charity that operates Burnham's two rescue hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat, on Thursday to record a programme focusing on Bridgwater Bay.

Matt was given a tour of the seafront station and interviewed hovercraft pilot Dave Bailey, as pictured above. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was great to meet the Burnham hovercraft crew and hear about the important work they do."

"The interview will be featured in an Open Country programme featuring Bridgwater Bay's unique character in terms of landscape and the people that shape it."

The episode of Open Country will be aired on BBC Radio Four on Saturday August 9th at 6.10am and again on Thursday August 14th at 1.30pm.

Matt, who left Blue Peter in 2006, was named the UK's best children's presenter at the BAFTA TV awards in 2003 and 2004.

Pictured above are Matt Baker with programme producer Sarah Stradling and Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft pilot Dave Bailey

Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site


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