photos: Burnham-On-Sea's rescue services day draws crowds
crowds turned out to watch displays and demonstrations by dozens
of emergency services from across the West Country on Burnham-On-Sea's
seafront on Sunday (August 9th).
crowd of up to 5,000 people turned out for the annual rescue services
day for displays of hovercrafts, lifeboats, ambulances, fire engines
and even a light aircraft.
MP James Heappey opened the event, which is now in its 12th year
and is also known as Burnham's ESCAPE Day (the Emergency Services
Community Awareness and Promotion Event).
day started with a parade of rescue vehicles from Berrow to Burnham
along the beach and town centre, pictured above.
hovercrafts performed a flying demonstration on the beach, followed
by a mud rescue display by Burnham Coastguards.
were also displays in the sea by the RNLI's lifeguards and lifeboat
Over 15 different emergency groups took part, including BARB,
the RNLI, HM Coastguard, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Somerset
Fire and Rescue and the ambulance service.
and teams from each service were on hand during the day, giving
spectators a unique chance to see their work up-close.
groups involved included the Police mounted section (pictured
here with the Mayor and Mayoress), Somerset 4x4 Response, Marine
Life Rescue, SCC Civil Contingencies Team, the Rotary Club, Burnham
Moose, Burnham Lions and Burnham Radio Club.
final demonstration of the day - a fly-past of microlights by
Skywatch - was unfortunately cancelled due to poor visibility
at the launch site. This year's event was held on the same day
as the Stert Island Sea Swim.
organiser Roger Flower from BARB told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
are really happy with how the day went - there was a great atmosphere
and it was superb to see some big crowds lining the seafront.
We thank those organisations who came along and all those who
dug deep and supported the charities with donations."
sum of £82.54 was raised by BARB from a street collection
during the day, while the charity's team of fundraisers also raised
hundreds more by organising stalls and other activities during
Cllr Michael Clarke said: "It was great to see a fantastic
turnout and a great community spirit on show. I am full of admiration
for those who work in and support our rescue services."
displayed a light aeroplane on the seafront
Sailing Club members launching their new gig rowing club
crowds were down on last year, but still numbered around 5,000
RNLI lifeguards carrying out their display with the boat crew
net recovery was carried out by the Burnham lifeboat crew
4x4 showed off their vehicles and resources at the event
Maritime Volunteer Service was signing up new recruits
Mike Lowe and Graham Hallsworth with Caroline Hall, mother of
the late Lelaina Hall, who inspired the name of BARB's hovercraft.
Her sister Elizabeth, pictured here, is behind the name of BARB's
Light of Elizabeth hovercraft
police recruits showing some of their riot gear
young recruits during Sunday's event came from across Somerset
costumed characters added a dash of colour to the seafront
Burnham fire engine attracted plenty of interest from families
MP James Heappey with some of the Burnham RNLI crew
'Community Resilience In Somerset Project' was promoted
Coastguards before their seafront display on the lawns
the event were BARB President Neville Jones, MP James Heappey,
BARB Chairman Mark Newman and organiser Roger Flower
of the many stands helped to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis
Somerset's Emma Britton was in the crowd watching the displays
Marine Life Rescue team were fundraising and giving out leaflets
Moose Lodge invited attendees to roll a dice to win!
Lions Club were also fundraising with these cuddly lions
Coastguards carrying out a mud rescue demonstration
Monarchs Gym Club members gave a display of their award-winning
hovercrafts went on show on the BARB hovercraft station
and Anna from Frozen were among the VIP guests at the event!
RNLI were busy fundraising and selling their merchandise
team were also busy fundraising and selling their merchandise
Radio Club demonstrated their expertise during the day