team heads off to coach tourism awards ceremony
A team of residents is travelling to Liverpool today (Thursday)
to represent the town at an awards ceremony where the the UK's
'Coach Friendly Town of the Year' will be announced.
first reported here,
Burnham has been selected as 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
Jefferies, BIARS Business and Tourism Manager, compiled Burnham's
bid with the help of local residents Les Barber and Helen Brodie
plus backing from Sedgemoor District Council's Head of Economic
Development Phil Adams, the Town Team, Chamber of Trade and Burnham's
Mayor, Cllr Ken Smout.
group will know later today whether the bid has been successful.
Tonight's ceremony is being held in Liverpool Cathedral.
said: "We are absolutely delighted that recognition has been
given to our small town against a lot of major cities."
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."
coach-friendly package put together for Burnham includes free
coach parking from Sedgemoor District Council, plus information
for coach visitors from a group of 'meeters and greeters', organised
by Burnham Town Team.
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 gathered in Burnham shortly before leaving this morning