new heritage trail launched by town's Mayor
Mayor launched the town's new heritage walking trail over the
Martin Cox cut a ceremonial cake alongside organisers John Strickland
from North Sedgemoor History Group and Deb Richardson from Somerset
Film during the official launch.
day of activities was held to mark the start of the heritage trail
around Burnham and Capture Burnham, an online history archive.
new signs like the one pictured here have been installed at historic
points around the town where smartphone users can access background
heritage information about each site using QR codes.
trail maps showing the sites are also available free from the
seafront tourist information centre.
project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Burnham
& Highbridge Town Council and aims to encourage young and
old to explore the town's history.
Martin Cox told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There are many gaps
in our knowledge about the town's history so I'm delighted to
see this project pulling together the information. I hope lots
of people will walk the heritage trail to learn more about our
town's colourful heritage."
residents and visitors were encouraged to bring along their memories
and keepsakes of Burnham's past to Saturday's launch, held at
the Somerset Skills & Learning Centre in Princess Street.
well as an exhibition of photographs and other documents there
were also screenings of a history film showing Burnham in the
1930s filmed by resident Norman Gobey.
co-ordinator John Strickland said the day had been held to thank
all those who have been involved with the project.
are delighted to have launched the trail and online archive,"
he told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "It's a really important milestone
for us after so much work over the past months. We are overhwhelmed
with the enthusiasm shown and so grateful to everyone's interest."
many people have given their time to help the project; from those
who helped in deciding the trail content and obtaining the necessary
permissions. Not forgetting those people who provided the images
and information for the website and trail leaflet. Also to those
people who have already recorded their memories for posterity,"
he said. The online archive is available here.
Residents and project supporters gathered to watch the launch
A history display inside showed many interesting photos and film
Burnham's Town Crier Alistair Murray and Mayor Cllr Martin Cox
were among those heading off on the first walk of the new heritage