April 3, 2011
Michael Eavis to open Burnham's new tourist information centre
Festival boss Michael Eavis will perform the official opening
of Burnham-On-Sea's new tourist information centre later this
Mr Eavis, who is a strong supporter of Somerset tourism and a
frequent visitor to Burnham, will lead the opening ceremony outside
the centre on The Esplanade at mid-day on Thursday,
Sedgemoor District Council is currently handing the centre over
to the newly-formed community group BIARS (Burnham
Information And Rescue Support), with the lease due to be signed
are delighted that Michael will be opening Burnham's tourist information
centre on April 14th after many months of hard work by the BIARS
team behind the scenes," said a spokesman.
£7,000 has been pledged to BIARS to help it run the seafront
facilities and the new organisation is seeking to raise £10,000
by the early summer.
The future of the seafront centre was plunged into doubt during
when the cash-strapped district council announced it could no
longer afford to run it. BIARS came forward to save it and aims
to make it profitable again.
The centre will be operated by almost 30 volunteers, but it still
requires more people to join its ranks. Anyone who can spare an
hour or more on a regular basis to help is invited to get in contact
via the official BIARS web page on Burnham-On-Sea.com here.