annual rescue services day to be held today
10am Opening of the event with Mayor
Stert Island Swim
Skywatch microlights flypast
Lifeguards rescue demonstration
Procession of rescue vehicles Coastguard, BARB and
Wessex 4x4 Response - along the beach from Berrow to Burnham
Helicopter rescue demo
Hovercraft flying demonstration
Times are subject to change without notice
of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering
on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront today (Sunday, July 28th) to take
part in the town's annual rescue services day.
of displays and demonstrations will be held on Burnham seafront
and beach from 10am to 4pm with displays from hovercrafts, lifeboats,
micro-lights and more. Burnham's Mayor Martin Cox will open the
Almost 40 different emergency groups will be taking part, including
BARB, the RNLI, HM Coastguard, Avon and Somerset Constabulary,
Somerset Fire and Rescue and the ambulance service.
and teams from each service will be on hand during the day and
life-saving demonstrations will take place in the sea and on the
beach, giving spectators a unique chance to see their work up-close.
groups involved include St John Ambulance, Skywatch, Freewheeler
Blood bikes, Somerset 4x4 Response, Marine Life Rescue, SCC Road
Safety team, NHS Ambulance Service, Avon and Somerset Search and
Rescue, Exmore Search and Rescue, British Red Cross, SCC Civil
Contingencies Team, The Environment Agency, International Emergency
Action, The Rotary Club of Burnham, Burnham Lions Club, Weston
Radio Club, The Model Hovercraft Association, Vintage AA Motorbike
and Side Cars and the WRVS.
will also be plenty to do for families, with food stalls, children's
rides, a bouncy castle, swing boats and face-painting.
year's event will also be held on the same day as the Stert Island
Sea Swim, which begins at around 10.45am. Over 80 swimmers will
swim across the bay to Stert Island and back.
organiser Roger Flower told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This year's
event will be bigger than previous years with more rescue services
involved so there will be lots of great demonstrations to watch
will be a super opportunity to see the work of our local emergency
services at first hand and support them."
the charity that operates Burnham's rescue hovercrafts, has organised
the popular event since it started in 2004.