April 24, 2009
Edward set to visit Burnham-On-Sea today
will host its first Royal visitor for 14 years today (Friday,
April 24th) when Prince Edward visits the town's rescue hovercraft
Earl Of Wessex will visit the seafront headquarters of BARB to
mark the fifth anniversary of the Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft
going into service.
Alexendra was the last Royal family member to visit the town back
in 1995 to open the Princess Hall.
Earl Of Wessex will be met by a group of civic dignitaries, including
Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton and Mayoress
Jo Burridge-Clayton, plus Sedgemoor District Council's Chairman
Cllr Dennis Davey on his arrival at just before 3pm.
group of over 100 local schoolchildren will cheer on the special
guest on his arrival outside the hovercraft station.
Prince will be invited into the hovercraft station by BARB's President
Neville Jones and Chairman Mark Newman, where he will meet
volunteer crewmembers and hear about the work of The Spirit Of
Lelaina hovercraft, which is named after five-year-old Lelaina
Hall who died on the mudflats in 2002.
Earl will also visit Burnham Coastguards in the building next
door, where he will hear about the positive impact the hovercrafts
have had in speeding up rescues on the mudflats.
after unveiling a plaque outside the hovercraft station, he will
then walk onto the seafront to watch a training exercise involving
BARB's second hovercraft, The Light Of Elizabeth.
Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site