August 16, 2009
people flock to Burnham-On-Sea rescue services day
More than 6,000 people crowded onto Burnham-On-Sea seafront
on Sunday (August 16th) as dozens of local rescue organisations
from across the West Country took part in a joint safety awareness
day featuring displays and demonstrations.
- the Emergency Services Community Awareness and Promotion Event
- involved hovercrafts, lifeboats, micro-lights and even police
Almost 40 different emergency groups took part, including the
BARB hovercrafts, RNLI lifeboats, HM Coastguard, Avon and Somerset
Constabulary, Somerset Fire and Rescue and South Western Ambulance
Service NHS Trust.
Others included Somerset Air Ambulance, Skywatch Rescue micro-lights,
Exmoor Search and Rescue, Freewheelers Blood Bikes, Somerset 4x4
Response, Mendip Cave Rescue, St John Ambulance, the Model Hovercraft
Association and the police's dog team.
from each service were on hand during the day, giving life-saving
demonstrations and handing out safety advice.
of pounds are also expected to have been raised for the organisations
event was officially opened by Burnham's Mayor, Derick Cooper
and Mayoress Christine Cooper, alongside Sedgemoor District Council
Chairwoman Jane Moreton and BARB President Neville Jones, as pictured
a mud rescue display involving the hovercrafts (pictured top),
there was a fly-by of microlights, a police dog demonstration,
and life-saving demonstrations by Burnham's lifeboats (pictured
has organised the popular event since it started in 2004 and event
organiser Roger Flower said: "We are delighted it was such
a successful event this year. The work of many rescue organisations
was on display and we thank everyone for coming along and showing
fire brigade won a highly competitive tug-of-war between the rescue
sandcastle competition was won Morgan and Ella Gabe and Eloise
and Nia Jones, with second place going to Shannon and Katherine
Gallop, and third to Toby Austin.
here for 95 photos from this event in Burnham's online photo gallery