Published:
March 24, 2015
Social evening held to thank Burnham tourist centre's volunteers

A social evening was held on Monday (March 23rd) to thank the team of volunteers who run Burnham-On-Sea's tourist information centre.

BIARS (Burnham Information and Rescue Support) has run the thriving centre with the help of local people since taking over it from Sedgemoor District Council four years ago in April 2011.

Monday's special event was held at The Oaktree Arena and saw each of the volunteers presented with a certificate of appreciation by Cllr Peter Downing, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, and BIARS Chairman Tom Ashton.

"We really appreciate all the help of our marvellous volunteers who run our information centre and this event was held as a thank you to them," said Tom. "They do an amazing job and put in many hours which we are grateful for."

The eent included a skittles evening and among the 60 people who attended were Cllr Anne Fraser from Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset Tourism Association President Bob Nicholson, BIARS President Neville Jones, BIARS manager Ian Jefferies and Conservative parliamentary candidate James Heappey.

Several local accommodation providers and businesses who benefit from tourism were also invited to attend and become 'Friends of BIARS'.

Pictured: Top, some of the BIARS volunteers with Mayor Martin Cox and Cllr Peter Downing, Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council; Centre - BIARS management team with Sedgemoor's Anne Fraser, Peter Downing, Ian Dyer, Vicky Banham, Somerset Tourism Association President Bob Nicholson and Town Crier Alastair Murray; Above - Leading the skittles were Tom Ashton, Food Festival director Bev Milner Simonds, Mayor Martin Cox, Town Crier Alastair Murray, James Heappey and Ken Smout

 


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