held to celebrate Burnham-On-Sea winning coach visitor award
of Burnham-On-Sea business owners, residents and councillors attended
a special dinner on Saturday night (January 28th) to celebrate the
town winning the title of 'Coach Friendly Destination of the Year'.
dinner was held at The Oaktree and was held to thank the two original
organisers of Project Coach, Ian Jefferies and Les Barber, for their
work in achieving the national award last year, and helping to bring
extra visitors into the town.
at Saturday's event were also invited to give their support to the
new coach project which is continuing to bring coach visitors into
new project is being overseen by Burnham Chamber of Trade and BIARS
(Burnham Information And Rescue Support), which runs the town's
tourist information centre, supported by Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council and Sedgemoor District Council.
aims to bring 1,000 coaches a year into Burnham, generating a projected
annual benefit to the local economy of around £100,000 to
help the viability of existing businesses and support jobs in the
Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke and Mayoress Maria Clarke were among those
at the dinner. He
said: "It's great to see so much joint-working underway here
to make this project a success - led by the Chamber of Trade, it's
involving businesses, the tourism industry, local councils and residents
- all working together in a very positive way to benefit Burnham."
new project was awarded a £2,000 grant last July from the
Town Council and other funding has since been secured from the Hinkley
Tourism Action Partnership (HTAP) and local businesses - but more
is needed to keep it sustainable and Burnham Chamber of Trade is
seeking further support. Les Barber is leading the new scheme and
can be contacted via the project's web
Newman, Chairman of Burnham Chamber of Trade, thanked Ian and Les
for their work to secure the award despite tough competition. "To
win this title was a huge accomplishment for a town the size of
Burnham, up against cities such as Liverpool," he said.
Turco, Vice Chairman, and Phoebe Pearce were thanked for their work
in making the dinner a success. Alex outlined to the audience the
work that is underway by the Chamber to promote business in Burnham
and support the coach project, including the upcoming launch of
a new edition of a shopping guide.
won the coveted title of 'Coach Friendly Destination of the Year'
for Burnham at the 2016 National Coach Tourism Awards.