photos: Huge crowds flock to Burnham-On-Sea rescue services day
crowds lined Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday (August 26th)
for the town's annual rescue services day which took on a more
sombre feel this year after the death of 4 year-old Dylan Cecil
one week before.
silence for the toddler, the event began with an official
opening performed by Burnham's MP, Tessa Munt, Mayor Ken Smout
and BARB President Neville Jones.
a dozen emergency services from across the West Country held displays
and demonstrations in front of an estimated crowd of 3,000 people
on Burnham's South Esplanade.
crews and supporters from each service were on hand to provide
safety advice, while life-saving demonstrations took place in
the sea and on the beach.
displays featured an RAF helicopter, hovercrafts, lifeguards,
lifeboats, a Coastguard mud rescue and a fly-past by microlights.
the groups taking part were BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat), Burnham
RNLI, HM Coastguard, Avon and Somerset Police, the fire brigade,
and the ambulance service.
included Burnham lifeguards, Wessex 4 x 4 Response, Avon and Somerset
Cliff Rescue, Exmoor Search and Rescue, Marine Life Rescue, Somerset
Civil Contingencies and Weston Radio Club.
Mudlarks Community Choir also put on a special performance, which
was enjoyed by the crowds.
organiser Roger Flower from BARB, which oversees the event, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This year's event took on a more sombre
feel but was attended by large crowds. We had a good number of
visitors and it was great to have the support of so many participating
rescue groups from across the South West."
RAF helicopter took part in a fly past with the RNLI lifeboats
fly-past was watched by the crowd from the jetty
Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft in action
Coastguards took part in a mud rescue demonstration
crowds along the seafront for the rescue services day
lifeguards took part in a life-saving demonstration
'casualty' was taken back to shore on a surfboard
Farm fundraisers helped raise cash for BARB during the event
parade of rescue vehicles was held along Burnham beach
was presented with a cheque for over £500 by the Mudlarks
and Somerset Cliff Rescue were one of the groups in attendance
of Burnham's fire brigade crew were on hand at the event
team from Wessex 4x4 response supported the event with their stall
Lions were also in attendance, doing fundraising throughout the
RNLI's lifeboat crew and family enjoying the event
fly-past by microlights was among the high-lights of the day
microlights soared over the beach and Bridgwater Bay
Civil Contingencies and the Environment Agency handed out leaflets
crewmembers during Sunday's event
RNLI's team had a fundraising stall and handed out safety leaflets
large crowds enjoying the Burnham police demonstration
Rotary Club's Mike Young and his wife supporting the event
John Ambulance showed a number of first-aid demonstrations
MP Tessa Munt called in during the day, here with BARB crew
Ken Smout presented Maurice Smith with his Coastguard Jubilee
with fellow Coastguards and family after the medal presentation
vintage fire engine was one of the attractions on display
fundraising team in action during Sunday's event
Burnham Olympic torch bearer Jason Vickers with his torch at