Published: April 13, 2009
Burnham-On-Sea businesses enjoy 'busiest Easter for many years'

Businesses in Burnham-On-Sea have enjoyed one of their busiest Easter holidays for many years, despite the recession.

Crowds of visitors put the economic gloom behind them and flocked to the town in large numbers, resulting in bumper takings for traders.

Geoff Shickle of Shickle Shoes in Burnham High Street told "It's been a very good weekend - one of our best Easters for many years."

"The weather's been very kind to us and there were lots of people wandering along the High Street all weekend. It certainly exceeded expectations."

Accommodation bookings in Burnham were also up on previous years. Joanne Townley of the Royal Clarence Hotel told "It's been a brilliant weekend."

"Our rooms were fully booked over the whole weekend and we served double the number of meals on Easter Day compared to last year. Even the Saturday was up 40 per cent compared to last year."

Burnham Pier was also busy serving up ice creams and other refreshments, thanks to the good weather and large numbers of visitors.

Manager Louise Parkin said: "It's been very busy - just what we needed. People seem to be taking cheaper holidays in the UK, rather than spending more by going abroad. It will be interesting to see whether this continues over the summer."

Roads in the Burnham area were busy throughout the weekend. Long queues of traffic built up along Love Lane from 11am on Bank Holiday Monday as holidaymakers headed for the M5 motorway for their journey home.

Our photos show the busy scenes along Burnham's seafront and High Street on Bank Holiday Monday


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