discusses Burnham Carnival's future during MBE presentation
Charles discussed the future of Burnham-On-Sea's Carnival while
presenting resident Bob Nicholson with an MBE award for his services
Prince asked about the future of Somerset's carnivals when Bob,
pictured, was at Buckingham Palace on Friday to receive an MBE
for 50 years of service to local tourism.
who is President of Somerset Tourism Association and lives in
Burnham, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I was extremely surprised
when the Prince of Wales started the conversation by asking if
the Somerset Carnivals were being kept alive as had heard they
brought so much pleasure to many people. He said that he hoped
that they would continue and especially at Burnham-On-Sea."
say that I was surprised with the Prince's knowledge of our carnivals
is an understatement."
was able to assure His Royal Highness that carnivals are being
kept alive as part of the overall tourism experience in Somerset
and that they help to sustain over 30,000 tourism jobs throughout
said I would let the people of Somerset know the interest shown
was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife Anne, daughter Sharon
and fellow Somerset Tourism Association Director Richard House
from Brean Leisure Park, pictured below.
said he is "deeply honoured" to be given the award,
which was first announced during the Queen's New Year Honours.
added: "The whole day was superb - it made me proud to be
British to think that the Royal family give out these awards to
people like me in local communities."
was a marvellous, unforgettable experience and I was very proud
to accept the award on behalf of the Tourist Association."
oversaw the setting up of the Somerset Tourism Association from
its humble beginnings as Sedgemoor Tourism Association.
his base at Brean Leisure Park, he promoted the Burnham-On-Sea
area to tourists and retired from his role as Chairman in 2011
after a quarter of a century's service.
who lives on Burnham's Esplanade, was also recognised by Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council in 2008 when he was presented with
a Civic Award, as featured here.
Top, Bob wearing his MBE medal; centre - Prince Charles (photo
Dan Marsh) and above Bob with Richard House of Brean Leisure Park