Published: November 26, 2013
Art group unveils plans for town-wide lighthouse trail in Burnham

A group of artists in Burnham-On-Sea hopes to replicate some of the success of Bristol's Gromit trail by launching a lighthouse trail across the town next year.

HABA (Highbridge and Burnham Artists) is leading a new project to build twenty 6ft-tall replicas of Burnham's famous beach lighthouse which will be installed across the town.

The Lighthouse Trail will raise funds for the Christine Woodberry Memorial Trust, set up in memory of a Burnham resident who died of ovarian cancer in 2008.

The decorated wooden lighthouses - which will be positioned at prominent sites across the town such as The Pavilion and Tourist Information Centre - are being built by Woodberry Brothers and Haines.

The firm has offered to provide the materials and workshop space, while the lighthouses will be decorated by artists from HABA.

"We saw the success of the Gromit trail in Bristol and thought it would be great to have a trail right here in Burnham. Our lighthouse is unique to Burnham and perfect for this project," organiser Sarah Berryman told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week.

"We hope to launch the lighthouse trail sometime in May with The Lighthouse Inn in Burnham during a daytime family event. The lighthouses will then be moved to their locations and remain on display for a period of time."

She added: "We're so lucky to have great support from Woodberry Brothers, particularly Paul Plume, who is leading the construction of the lighthouses for us."

Funds will be raised by collections at each of the lighthouses plus from sponsors and the sale of trail maps across the town.

HABA is currently seeking sponsors and has invited interested supporters to contact it via berrymansarah@sky.com.

Pictured: Above, HABA's Verity Trevor-Morgan with one of the mini lighthouses that it is hoped will replicate the success of Bristol's Gromit trail

 


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