April 14, 2011
photos: New Burnham-On-Sea tourist information centre opened
new tourist information centre was opened on Thursday (April 14th)
under the ownership of a brand new community group.
Festival boss Michael Eavis performed the official opening of
the new-look centre at 12 noon by pulling the town flag from the
front of the building to unveil the centre's new tourist information
function was watched by a crowd of around 100 people and invited
guests, including the town's Mayor and Mayoress and Sedgemoor
District Council Chairman Jane Moreton.
ceremony comes after Sedgemoor District Council this week formally
handed over the centre to the newly-formed community group BIARS
(Burnham Information And Rescue Support).
In a speech outside the centre, BIARS President Neville Jones
thanked the volunteers and sponsors who have come forward so far
to help launch the new facilities, with over £7,000 being
raised from local firms to date.
He singled out several helpers for the work they have done in
opening the new centre - Tim Mander from Sedgemoor District Council,
who enabled a swift handover of the building; former staff at
the TIC for helping with the handover; key staff at BARB including
Steve Perks and Angela Fey for their work with merchandise; Ian
Jefferies at Burnham Coastguard; BIARS treasurer Tom Ashton; BIARS
publicity officer Mark Newman; and secretary Ken Smout.
Neville added: "If David Cameron or Nick Clegg want to see
the Big Society in action, come to Burnham and see how our tourist
centre is being run now!"
to watch our exclusive video interview with Michael Eavis.
of Burnham hovercraft rescue charity BARB and The Coastguard Association
are handing out sea safety information and selling charity merchandise
at the new centre.
Also, a wide range of new tourist information, travel advice,
leaflets, and details on local attractions are available at the
building, in addition to new stock including artwork from Burnham
artist Judith Champion, local fudge, Bristol Blue glass, Rich's
Cider Farm drinks, and merchandise from Burnham-On-Sea.com - all
of which are being sold to keep the centre running.
BIARS is still keen to hear from more volunteers to help run the
centre. To find out more, visit the BIARS web page here.
Michael Eavis said he was 'honoured' to be invited to perform
Volunteer Ian Jefferies was thanked for his work in helping to
set up the new tourist centre by BIARS Chairman Neville Jones
during the ceremony
Michael Eavis was presented with a glass paperweight with a picture
of the town's lighthouse at the end of Thursday's ceremony
The BIARS volunteers gathered together for the launch of the
Michael Eavis visited the BARB hovercraft station during his
visit and is seen here with BARB Chairman Mark Newman and Deputy
Ops manager Graham Hallsworth
BIARS Chairman Neville Jones with Jane Moreton and town clerk
Eileen Shaw, who is making a good recovery after a recent accident
Michael Eavis also visited Burnham Coastguards during Thursday's
Joan White was thanked by the dignitaries for putting on the
Michael Eavis with some of the volunteers during the opening