Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: December 13, 2008
West Country MEP makes 'flying' visit to Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft

Neil 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 13th).

Mr 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.

Mr Parish was also given an overview of the incidents that BARB has attended over the past few years.

He 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."

"We're all tightening our belts at the moment during difficult economic times, but we should not forget to continue to support charities like this."

BARB, the Burnham Area Rescue Boat, is a 16-year-old charity run entirely by volunteers and is funded by donations from the public.

Mr Parish represents the South West of England in his role as an MEP, and is also Chairman of the European Parliament's agriculture committee.

MEP 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


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