Published:
August 28, 2017
Photos: Crowds head to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue services day

Thousands of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday (August 27th) for the town's rescue services day.

Huge crowds thronged the sun-soaked South Esplanade to see displays and demonstrations from 40 rescue charities and emergency services.

A fly-past by a Coastguard helicopter and Civil Air Patrol microlights were among the displays, alongside rescue demonstrations by RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeguards.

Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock, who opened the event with Mayoress Frances Hancock and MP James Heappey, said: "It was great to see so many organisations along the seafront and crowds of visitors coming out to see them."

"I am full of admiration for all the volunteers' work and the work they do behind the scenes for our community."

The event has been run for 14 years by BARB Search & Rescue, whose hovercrafts were on show to visitors.

Organiser Roger Flower from BARB said: "We were so pleased to see so many people come along - we think it was a record crowd - and we are very grateful for all the support shown to the many organisations. We are so lucky to have so many groups here in the Burnham area." A spokesman for BARB thanked Roger for all his work on behalf of the crews.

Among the crowds was Caroline Hall, the mother of the late Lelaina Hall, 5, whose memory lives on in the name of BARB's rescue hovercraft. A long-time supporter of BARB, she was visiting the event with her family.

The Civil Air Patrol microlights flew over the seafront during the morning

Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock and Mayoress Frances Hancock visiting the stands at the event to hear about their work.

MP James Heappey took part in a rowing challenge on the seafront, and led the competition, run by Burnham Gig Rowing Club. It was won by Matt (630 metres) and the winning youngster was Eleni Markoutsas with a distance of 402 metres.

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance were among the stalls

The St John Ambulance cadets explained their work to visitors

The Police gave visitors a chance to try out some of their equipment

The Coastguard helicopter made a special visit during the day

It flew over the beach and jetty several times for the crowds to see

Burnham's gig rowing club held a race during the morning's high tide

The rowers showed their skills at powering across the water

Scores of stalls were also set up to raise funds for the groups. During the day, one fundraiser - Burnham resident Jen Parr - donated a table full of home-made cakes for BARB, raising funds

Burnham Lions Club sold cuddly toys to raise charity funds

The Samaritans team were in a colourful mood during the day

The Mayor and Mayoress were welcomed to BARB's tombola

Large crowds watched the event along the seafront

MP James Heappey supported the work of BARB during his visit

Burnham RNLI carried out several demonstrations during the day

Several 'casualties' were rescued from he sea as part of the display

Members of Bridgwater HOG were welcomed to BARB during the event

Burnham Coastguards were called off to several incidents

The RNLI crew taking a breather after their demonstration before a call-out

The RNLI sold souvenirs from their seafront stall

Young visitors got a chance to jump onboard the rescue hovercraft

The BARB crew during Sunday's event on Burnham seafront

Jason Vickers enjoying a chance to have a selfie taken for charity funds

'Mo the bubble man' entertaining youngsters on Burnham beach

The event was opened by the Mayor and Mayoress, MP and Town Crier Alistair Murray with BARB Chairman Mark Newman and President Roger Flower

Classic and American rescue service vehicles were on display on the lawns

Wessex 4x4 were on hand to explain their work to passers-by

Mark Wakeling gave out information about Sufers Against Sewage

The Marine Life team gave visitors a chance to win a cuddly dolphin while explaining their work

Former MP Tessa Munt buying a raffle ticket from BARB's Christine Marston

Somerset Care explained their work during the day

Gaynor Brown gave a kite display to promote Burnham's upcoming Kite Festival

 


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