Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

December 27, 2005
Burnham-On-Sea's Top 20 Photo Moments Of The Year

What a year!
From a jellyfish invasion on Burnham beach to a dramatic police car accident in the town, we've chosen the 20 stories (in no particular order) which produced the most powerful photographs of 2005...

Historic ship passes Burnham
WALKERS
along Burnham's seafront were treated to a glimpse of a historic 50 year-old ship as it glided past the town on Friday morning. The Balmoral was on its way to Bridgwater to collect dozens of people as part of an excursion around the Bristol Channel. We caught the ship on film as it passed Burnham. More...

Jellyfish stranded on beach
DOZENS of stranded jellyfish were washed up along Burnham-On-Sea beach at high tide on Friday and Saturday evenings - leaving paddlers to tip-toe their way around them. The creatures, believed to be harmless Moon Jellyfish, varied in size from 6 - 20cm in width and were spotted in several places. More...

Major night-time mud rescue
BURNHAM-On-Sea's hovercraft has been at the centre of a major mud rescue operation in Weston-super-Mare during the early hours of Monday April 25. Swansea Coastguard asked for the assistance of the hovercraft at 02:24 hours to spearhead the rescue of a male who had attempted suicide
. More...

Police free dog trapped in car
HORRIFIED Police officers in Burnham-On-Sea had to smash the window of a vehicle to free a traumatised dog that had been left inside for several hours in soaring temperatures. As condensation streamed down the windows and the Old English Sheepdog became more desperate, the police came to his rescue. More...

£330 fines for tow-away cars
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI has carried out its threat of getting vehicles towed away if they prevent the town's lifeboats from launching. The owners of a blue Peugeot 206 and a Renault Laguna face fines of £334.88 each after their vehicles were initially clamped and then later towed away on Monday. More...

Sinking yacht helped to safety
A SINKING yacht with a seriously damaged keel was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea RNLI's lifeboat crew on Saturday August 20th after its skipper issued a May Day message to Coastguards one mile west of the low lighthouse in Bridgwater Bay. The yacht was brought to shore in the River Brue. More...

Bravest men in Burnham!
BURNHAM-On-Sea residents were forgiven for taking a double take as they passed by the town's main lighthouse.
For perched on top of the 30 metre tall structure were two brave workmen carrying out repairs. The famous landmark was being given some repairs to its roof. More...

Police crash shuts Marine Drive
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea police officer was rushed to hospital on Saturday, October 15th, after a dramatic accident. Marine Drive was closed for almost an hour after the patrol car flipped over near to the town's Roman Catholic Church. The officer involved suffered minor injuries. More...

Huge waves batter seafront
HUGE waves battered Burnham's seafront early on Saturday morning when 60mph gales combined with some of the highest tides of the year. The spectacular storm was watched by walkers along The Esplanade as the waves and spume soared over the sea wall near the Tourist Information Centre. More...

Injured swan captured at lake
THE crew of Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft performed one of their most unusual rescues ever on Thursday June 16 by helping to capture an injured swan from a local lake. The bird was in a distressed state after swallowing a fishing hook and several inches of line. More...

Big crowds attend VE/VJ event
LARGE crowds descended on Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday September 18th for a special event marking the 60th anniversaries of VE/VJ-Day and the 65th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain. We have a full round-up of news and photos from this special occasion, attended by large numbers of locals. More...

Rare 1930s film clips found
A COLLECTION of rare film footage of Burnham-On-Sea during the 1930s has been unearthed, prompting an appeal for local people who remember the scenes to come forward. The footage includes images from the 1934 Burnham & Highbridge Carnival and other local events of the time. More...

Stranded car pulled from sea
RESCUERS came to the aid of two fishermen after their car became stuck on Burnham-On-Sea beach early on Saturday morning, November 19th. The anglers were setting off for a day's fishing at 6.30am when their vehicle became trapped on a sand bank near the jetty. More...

Jon wins Stert island swim
CHEDDAR man Jon Rawlings beat more than 60 other swimmers to win the 2005 Stert Island swim on Sunday July 17. He completed the 2,400-metre sea swim race between Burnham and Stert Island in an impressive time of 25 minutes, 53 seconds. The first lady home was Burnham's Sara Hudghton. More...

Armed robbery at Tesco store
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a dramatic hit and run robbery at Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco store on Tuesday evening, October 11th. A large area at the northern side of the store, next to two cash machines, was cordoned off by police for several hours. More...

Sailing Club expansion begins
A HUGE crane towered over Burnham-On-Sea as work got underway to double the number of berths for yachts and boats at the town's Sailing Club. Rising demand for additional moorings at the mouth of the River Brue has prompted the expansion, and two pylons were lifted into place this week. More...

35,000 fill town for Carnival
UP TO 35,000 people descended on Burnham-On-Sea on Monday night, November 7th, to watch more than 90 carnival floats wend their way through the town's streets to the sound of cheers and loud music. Burnham-On-Sea.com has a full photo and news round-up. More...

Lifeguard and boy rescued
A LIFEGUARD and an eight-year-old child were rescued by Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft crew at 1pm on Sunday July 17. Young holidaymaker Neil Carruthers, of Erdington in the West Midlands had been washing sand and mud from his legs when he suddenly fell from the jetty. More...

Seal washed up on Brean beach
ANIMAL rescuers have been recounting how they treated their first ever seal casualty after storms drove the pup ashore at Brean. The stricken animal was found on the sand by walkers, who called local animal rescue volunteers from Secret World, near Burnham-On-Sea to help. More...

Mayor leads London bombings tribute
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Mayor led a period of silence on Thursday (July 14th) in memory of those who died in the London bombings. Residents joined Cllr Eric Gill in gathering at the town's fountain in Marine Drive at 12 noon for two minutes silence. He was joined by several other councillors. More...

 


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