photos: Yachtsman Tony Bullimore visits Burnham-On-Sea charity
Well-known yachtsman Tony Bullimore was the special guest at a
Burnham-On-Sea charity's AGM on Friday night (May 21st).
Bullimore, who famously survived for five days in an upturned
boat during the 1996/97 round the world yacht race, visited the
annual meeting of BARB, the charity that operates Burnham's rescue
was given a tour of the hovercraft station on Burnham's seafront
and joined a training exercise in which he took a flight in BARB's
Spirit Of Lelaina, as pictured above.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was my first flight in a hovercraft
of this size and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment - it was a
very smooth flight."
also visited Burnham's Coastguard and RNLI stations and said:
"I'm very impressed with what I've seen this evening and
I'm sure that if I ever needed rescuing this would be the perfect
place for it!"
Bullimore, 71, also recounted how he had survived five days in
an air pocket under his capsized boat in the Southern Ocean with
limited food and fresh water. He also discussed his plans for
three further record attempts over the next few years.
handed out certificates to BARB crewmembers and supporters during
the AGM, which was held at Burnham's Town Council Chambers.
Neville Jones thanked Mr Bullimore for his support and praised
the team spirit of the charity's volunteers.
the event, Chairman Mark Newman also thanked BARB's supporters
for raising over £57,000 towards the cost of a new replacement
hovercraft for the charity.
Manager Steve Perks was presented with a telescope award for his
service to BARB and a long service certificate was given to Stephen
Pegler for his 16 years of work as BARB's accountant.
Bullimore signed BARB's visitors book and, humorously, the signature
was made upside down!
Bullimore handed out awards and certificates at Friday's AGM of
BARB. Pictured are (front left to right) Debbie Jackson of Retreat
Caravan Park, Maria Hobden, Tony Bullimore, Neville Jones, Stephen
Pegler, Rotary Club President Jim Tancock (back row) Angela Fey,
Dave Cottle, Rob Wing, Steve Perks, Eddie Fey, Mike Lowe and Chris
Bullimore also visited Burnham Coastguards during his visit and
is pictured here with Robin Hewlet and Roy Criddle
yachtsman met BARB and RNLI crewmembers. He's pictured here with
Graham Hallsworth, Steve Perks, Ricky Holmes, Scott Rundle, and
BARB's Mark Newman
Official BARB Web site