March 24, 2011
tourist centre staff thanked as new era begins
small event was held today (Thursday, March 24th) to thank the
staff at Burnham-On-Sea's Tourist Information Centre as the facilities
closed for the final time under Sedgemoor District Council's control.
The seafront centre will be shut for three weeks while stock-taking
and re-fitting takes place ahead of its re-opening under the operation
of the new voluntary group BIARS (Burnham Information
And Rescue Support) on April 14th.
Town councillors Neville Jones, Dennis Davey and Arthur Thorogood
were joined by several members of the BIARS team at Thursday's
function in the centre to thank the team for their award-winning
Tee, Sedgemoor's Service Manager for Tourism, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The Burnham team have always been very professional, friendly
and successful with their customer service and the TIC won many
national awards as a result. But, as one chapter ends, a new one
begins and we wish BIARS all the very best for the future."
Cllr Jones said: "The team at Burnham TIC have delivered
an incredibly high standard of service to visitors over many years
and they will be very hard to follow for the volunteers."
"We thank Cindy, Annette and the team for all they have
done for Burnham over the past few years and wish them all the
The future of the seafront TIC was plunged into doubt in 2009
the cash-strapped district council announced it could no longer
afford to run it, but BIARS stepped forward to save it and it
now aims to turn the centre's fortunes around and make
it profitable again.
BIARS has almost 30 volunteers who will be helping to run the
centre, but it still requires more to join its ranks and anyone
who can spare an hour or more on a regular basis to help it is
invited to get in contact via the BIARS web page on Burnham-On-Sea.com