Crowds flock to Burnham-On-Sea rescue services day
crowds of over 5,000 people lined Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on
Sunday (July 28th) for the town's annual rescue services day.
The event began with an official opening performed by Burnham's
MP, Tessa Munt, Mayor Martin Cox and BARB President Neville Jones.
30 emergency services from across the West Country held displays
and demonstrations in front of an estimated crowd of 5,000 people
on Burnham's South Esplanade.
Vehicles, crews and supporters from each service were on hand
to provide safety advice, while life-saving demonstrations took
place in the sea and on the beach.
The displays featured hovercrafts, lifeguards, lifeboats, Coastguards
and a parade of 4x4 trucks, but the fly-past by an RAF helicopter
was cancelled due to another incident elsewhere and the microlights
also pulled out due to strong winds.
During the afternoon, Burnham Coastguards were presented with
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Awards. They were handed
over by Zac Stone and Dan Tucker, who were rescued from cliffs
at Uphill earlier this year.
Among the groups taking part were BARB, Burnham RNLI, HM Coastguard,
Avon and Somerset Police, the fire brigade, and the ambulance
groups involved include Burnham lifeguards, 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 Air Water Land Model Group,
Vintage AA Motorbike and Side Cars and the WRVS.
Event organiser Roger Flower from BARB, which oversees the event,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are delighted with the crowd
numbers, which were boosted by holding the Stert Island Swim on
the same day. We saw over 5,000 spectators and were delighted
that the weather held for the whole day. We thank all those organisations
and supporters who came along."