Crowds head to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue services day
of people headed to Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday (August
27th) for the town's rescue services day.
crowds thronged the sun-soaked South Esplanade to see displays and
demonstrations from 40 rescue charities and emergency services.
by a Coastguard helicopter and Civil Air Patrol microlights were
among the displays, alongside rescue demonstrations by RNLI lifeboat
crews and lifeguards.
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."
am full of admiration for all the volunteers' work and the work
they do behind the scenes for our community."
event has been run for 14 years by BARB Search & Rescue, whose
hovercrafts were on show to visitors.
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 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
Civil Air Patrol microlights flew over the seafront during the morning
and Highbridge Mayor Cllr Bill Hancock and Mayoress Frances Hancock
visiting the stands at the event to hear about their work.
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.
and Somerset Air Ambulance were among the stalls
St John Ambulance cadets explained their work to visitors
Police gave visitors a chance to try out some of their equipment
Coastguard helicopter made a special visit during the day
flew over the beach and jetty several times for the crowds to see
gig rowing club held a race during the morning's high tide
rowers showed their skills at powering across the water
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
Lions Club sold cuddly toys to raise charity funds
Samaritans team were in a colourful mood during the day
Mayor and Mayoress were welcomed to BARB's tombola
crowds watched the event along the seafront
James Heappey supported the work of BARB during his visit
RNLI carried out several demonstrations during the day
'casualties' were rescued from he sea as part of the display
of Bridgwater HOG were welcomed to BARB during the event
Coastguards were called off to several incidents
RNLI crew taking a breather after their demonstration before a call-out
RNLI sold souvenirs from their seafront stall
visitors got a chance to jump onboard the rescue hovercraft
BARB crew during Sunday's event on Burnham seafront
Vickers enjoying a chance to have a selfie taken for charity funds
the bubble man' entertaining youngsters on Burnham beach
event was opened by the Mayor and Mayoress, MP and Town Crier Alistair
Murray with BARB Chairman Mark Newman and President Roger Flower
and American rescue service vehicles were on display on the lawns
4x4 were on hand to explain their work to passers-by
Wakeling gave out information about Sufers Against Sewage
Marine Life team gave visitors a chance to win a cuddly dolphin
while explaining their work
MP Tessa Munt buying a raffle ticket from BARB's Christine Marston
Care explained their work during the day
Brown gave a kite display to promote Burnham's upcoming Kite Festival