September 11, 2008 In
photos: Liberal Democrat leader visits Burnham hovercraft charity
Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrat party,
made a 'flying' visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday (September
11th) when he joined crewmembers of the town's rescue hovercrafts
for a training session.
Clegg met BARB crewmembers and was given a tour of the charity's
seafront station before he clambered onboard the Spirit Of Lelaina
hovercraft, as pictured above, for a flight along the beach to
the town's lighthouse.
described his flight as "bumpy, noisy, and exhilarating"
and went on to praise the work of the charity.
added: "The volunteers are providing a public emergency service
in an area that is deceptively dangerous. It was very interesting
see for myself how a community-run organisation can provide what
is literally a lifeline service."
Clegg was accompanied during his visit by the Liberal Democrat's
parliamentary candidate for the Wells constituency, Tessa Munt,
and the leader of Sedgemoor's Liberal Democrats, Joe Leach.
camera crew from BBC One's Politics Show was among the
media who filmed Thursday's visit.
group moved on to Cheddar for a formal Liberal Democrat supporters
dinner in the evening.
CLEGG VISITS BURNHAM
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