highs and lows of 2012 in Burnham-On-Sea - the year in photos
death of four year-old Dylan Cecil in a fall from the town's jetty
captured the hearts of residents and holidaymakers during August.
The accident showed how Burnham's community comes together during
difficult times, with hundreds of floral tributes being laid on
the seafront in memory of the youngster and thousands of pounds
being raised for the town's marine rescue charities. RIP Dylan.
numbers of residents took part in Jubilee celebrations in Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge in June - with a parade through the towns being
the highlight of four days of festivities. See the coverage here.
of people took part in a bid to beat the world record for the
most sandcastles built in one hour on Burnham beach, however it
was later confirmed that the bid had been unsuccessful by organisers
due to a technical issue. An estimated crowd of 500 people took
part in the record attempt in June.
of residents were evacuated around Beatty Way in January when
police executed a search warrant under the Explosives Act. Officers
set up a 100-metre cordon. Four months later, Phillip Leonard
was jailed for two years in connection with the incident. Full
weather was rarely seen, but the Burnham-On-Sea area experienced
its hottest day for three years on July 26th when temperatures
reached 29.9C (85.8F). Full
rain caused flooding across the Burnham-On-Sea area in November
and December, creating dangerous conditions on local roads and
flooding several homes and businesses. This was the scene in Brent
will be remembered nationally as the year that the Olympics came
to the UK - and Burnham had its own small role to play with seven
torch bearers carrying the Olympic flame through Somerset. Full
story. Burnham's BMX rider Liam Phillips and Paralympic swimmer
Anthony Stephens were cheered on locally.
high-profile court cases involving sexual charges put Burnham
in the national spotlight, with former Burnham Scout leader David
for 15 years. In November in a separate case, a PCSO was jailed
for 8 years.
crowds flocked to Burnham's carnival in 2012 but controversy erupted
in December when Burnham-On-Sea.com revealed
that next year's carnival in Burnham will be held on the Friday
evening before Bridgwater for the first time. Expect plenty more
talks during 2013 on the date.
to boost Burnham town centre using £420,000 of cash from
Tesco and the regional development agency moved forward despite
disappointment when the town lost its bid for Mary Portas funding.
A programme of wide-reaching improvements are due to be confirmed
by councillors early in 2013.
residents from Burnham and Highbridge were presented with
Civic Awards to recognise their work for the community in July.
Derick Cooper, Ian Jefferies, Mary Lawrence and Pam Lyes all received
the awards. Full
new £20,000 town clock was officially unveiled by the town's
Mayor. The brand new four-faced structure in the town's Jubilee
funded by donations and pledges. Full story here.
continued over the future of the fire-hit Highbridge Hotel with
only slow progress made. But a brand new group was formed, Hope
For Highbridge, to push forward on improvements in the town.
year ended with Burnham-On-Sea resident Bob Nicholson being awarded
an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours.
Bob received the award for his services to tourism as Chairman
of Somerset Tourism Association. Earlier
in the year, Burnham police station's Pam
Whitehead collected her MBE from the Queen.
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