stepped up at Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival after Manchester
attending Saturday's Burnham-On-Sea Food & Drink Festival may
have noticed a higher than normal security presence following the
terrorism attack in Manchester last week.
steps were taken to boost security at the tenth festival, including
security guards, two layers for road closures plus extra security
signs and guidance for traders.
Bev Milner Simonds told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "After the tragic
events in Manchester we re-evaluated our risks and took some extra
steps to provide reassurance and security at the festival."
wanted to maintain our relaxed, cheerful feel. In order that our
volunteer stewards could remain focused on making the festival vibe,
we hired SIA patrol guards. Their role was to be a visible reassurance
to the public, scan for risks, manage any lost/found bags or arising
risks. The volunteer stewards were re-rostered to be more mobile
and move to busier areas when needed."
reminded our 130 traders that they were our eyes and ears on the
ground and to flag any concerns immediately to our stewards."
sarah Milner Simonds added: "We also worked with the Carnival
Committee to alter our road closure points so that we had double
rows of road closure barriers (as pictured below). The team
from the Carnival were on hand all day to ensure that they were
maintained throughout the day."
also produced some 'seen it? report it' posters that were put up
around the festival. These were low key, but consistent with police
advice on managing risk responsibly and to encourage our visitors
to be vigilant too."
current advice is that people are to go about their ordinary lives,
but at the same time to be on alert and to report any suspicious
incidents. We have tried to mirror this in our event."
added that feedback received from traders, volunteers and visitors
was that they appreciated the steps taken and felt safe and welcome.
added: "We would like to publicly thank Sedgemoor District
Council for their swift assistance in making some of these changes
possible - it really was appreciated."
Huge crowd of 27,000
people flock to Burnham-On-Sea Food Festival