December 13, 2008
Country MEP makes 'flying' visit to Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft
Parish, the West Country's Member of the European Parliament,
made a 'flying' visit to BARB, the Burnham-On-Sea charity that
runs the town's life-saving rescue hovercrafts, on Saturday (December
Parish met crewmembers and was given a tour of BARB's seafront
station, before joining a training session and taking a flight
in The Spirit of Lelaina.
The life-saving Spirit of Lelaina is one of two rescue hovercrafts
operated by the charity.
Parish was also given an overview of the incidents that BARB has
attended over the past few years.
said: "I very much enjoyed the flight and am impressed with
the work that BARB does. It is a unique organisation that plays
an important role in keeping Somerset's coastline safe."
all tightening our belts at the moment during difficult economic
times, but we should not forget to continue to support charities
the Burnham Area Rescue Boat, is a 16-year-old charity run entirely
by volunteers and is funded by donations from the public.
Parish represents the South West of England in his role as an
MEP, and is also Chairman of the European Parliament's agriculture
Neil Parish is pictured (top) with hovercraft pilot Clive Weal;
and (beneath) with BARB Operations Manager Steve Perks, Deputy
Operations Manager Dave Bailey, BARB President Neville Jones and
BARB Chairman Mark Newman
MEP Neil Parish's Web site
Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site