Published: April 21, 2009
Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade says farewell to its Chairman

Members of Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber of Trade praised their outgoing Chairman during his final meeting in charge on Tuesday (April 21st).

Alex Turco has stepped down from the high-profile role after two successful years.

He was presented with a gift on behalf of the Chamber's members by member Geoff Shickle and President Gerry Germain during Tuesday's AGM at the Somerset and Dorset pub, as pictured here.

Mr Shickle said: "John Edwards, our previous Chairman, breathed new life into Burnham's Chamber of Trade and brought back many members to the fold. Alex has further strengthened those foundations by raising the profile of the Chamber and increasing the overall influence of the group. He will be greatly missed."

Alex said: "It's important to have new ideas and fresh blood coming into the Chamber. It's been a very busy, enjoyable two years."

He added: "In the teeth of the deepest recession for at least 30 years, never has there been greater need for the businesses of Burnham-On-Sea to work together."

Alex thanked the committee for their hard work over the past year on projects such as the launch of an updated Burnham shopping guide, the successful campaign to save Burnham's seafront fireworks, and the move of the Christmas lights to the northern end of the High Street.

Secretary Rhonda Mills and Treasurer Jonathan Walters, who have also stepped down from their positions, were praised for their work for the Chamber.

The Chamber's new committee was elected and will consist of Geoff Shickle, Mike Ham, Louise Parkin, Rhonda Mills, Tom Ashton, Mark Newman, Nigel Kemp and Gerry Germain. Positions within the Chamber will be decided at the group's next meeting.


Burnham Chamber of Trade official website


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