Published: May 28, 2013
Burnham-On-Sea town centre given boost over Bank Holiday weekend

Tourism businesses in Burnham-On-Sea enjoyed a bumper Bank Holiday weekend of trade, boosted by sunny weather.

While chilly winds meant the number of people visiting local beaches was down on the May Day Bank Holiday earlier in the month, visitors were out in force in shopping areas such as the High Street, pictured above on Sunday.

Burnham Chamber of Trade said many town centre shops reported brisk trade on all three days.

Anne Fudge at the Bay View Cafe on The Esplanade told "The good weather really helped us with long queues for ice creams and drinks during the weekend. Trade was up on this time last year."

Colin Morris at GW Hurleys in the High Street added: "It was a busy weekend, but people are still not spending like they once used to. Many are still feeling the economic pinch."

And Jo Duckett at Books and Puzzles in Pier Street added: "Trade has certainly not been disappointing. It's been a busy few days with a steady flow of visitors."

Ian Jefferies, Manager at Burnham's BIARS tourist information centre, told "It's been a great few days for the town - the car parks were really busy throughout the weekend and our centre's volunteers provided help and advice to hundreds of visitors."

Saturday's Food and Drink Festival also helped boost trade at several shops in the town centre. One trader, Julie Dean at Flowers and Things in Victoria Street, said: "We'd like a festival like this every weekend to bring more visitors into the town centre - we had a very busy Saturday and would like more events like this."


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