named runner-up at UK's coach tourism awards
narrowly missed out on being named the UK's 'Coach Friendly Town
of the Year' at an awards ceremony on Thursday evening (May 9th)
- but it received plenty of praise from the judges.
was one of six finalists in the running for the sought-after title
of 'coach-friendly town or city of 2013' alongside Bournemouth,
Chesterfield, Liverpool, Shrewsbury and Skipton.
group of ten residents travelled to Liverpool Cathedral to represent
the town at the ceremony, pictured below, where the winner was
named as Chesterfield.
Burnham was given a special commendation as a town that is doing
everything it can to improve its facilities for visitors.
Jefferies, BIARS Business and Tourism Manager, compiled Burnham's
bid with the help of local residents.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are absolutely delighted that
recognition has been given to our small town against a lot of
being seen in this light by Britain's largest coach awards will
mean that many coaches that haven't stopped in our town before
will now come here and bring in welcome revenue."
lot of work has been carried out over the last few months, collating
coach incentives within our town and distributing this package
to drivers and coach companies."
bid was put together with local residents Les Barber and Helen
Brodie with the backing of Sedgemoor District Council's Head of
Economic Development Phil Adams, the Town Team, Chamber of Trade,
Somerset Tourism Association and Burnham's former Mayor, Cllr
coach-friendly package for Burnham includes free coach parking
from Sedgemoor District Council, plus information for coach visitors
from a group of 'meeters and greeters' provided by Burnham Town
information pack has also been put together for coach firms and
drivers to show the locations of free coach parking and where
drivers can get a free newspaper and meal thanks to the generosity
of businesses in Burnham.
The team who represented Burnham at the awards ceremony were Ian
Jefferies, Les Barber, Helen Brodie, Ken Smout, Tom Ashton, Louise
Parkin, Gaynor Brown, Bob Smart, Steph Lewis and Andy Brewer