Published: December 30, 2005
Burnham-On-Sea's Top 40 Photo Moments Of 2006

What a year!
From horses and cars getting trapped in mud on our beaches to Burnham-On-Sea.com winning the award for 'South West Web Site of the Year', 2006 was a year to be remembered! We've selected the 40 stories which produced the most striking photographs of 2006...

Huge fire disrupts Highbridge
SOMERSET fire brigade spent much of Friday February 3rd dealing with a huge blaze that swept through six tetraced homes in Church Street, Highbridge. Burnham-On-Sea.com has a full photo round-up
from the scene of the incident, plus a report on the events as they unfolded. More...

Icy start to spring for town
BURNHAM-On-Sea shivered in a winter chill on Wednesday, March 1st, as snow and sub-zero temperatures struck on a day seen by some as the start of Spring. Several light downfalls of snow passed through the town on Wednesday, briefly leaving some on the ground, and leaving impressive wintry scenes. More...

Firefighters tackle heath blaze
FIREFIGHTERS from across Somerset tackled a major heathland fire at Crook Peak, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Monday March 20th. Seven crews from Somerset Fire and Rescue service dealt with the large gorse fire on the northern side of the hillside, which raged for more than four hours. More...

£390k lotto win for town family
MEMBERS
of a National Lottery syndicate from Burnham-On-Sea are planning their futures after scooping nearly £400,000 on a jackpot win. The five-strong family syndicate run Poples Domestic Appliance Repair Services in Abingdon Street and have been celebrating their win. More...

Land Rover lost in mud drama
THE
owners of this Land Rover were said to be "distraught" on Wednesday April 12th after their vehicle dramatically became the latest victim of thick mud on Brean beach this week. Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea were called, but there was nothing they could do to save it. More...

Jet skiers' van pulled to safety
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's hovercraft crew came to the rescue of a group of four jet skiers whose van had become stranded in the sea on Sunday, April 16th. Crowds of Easter holidaymakers lined the town's seafront to watch the rescue unfold after the Volkswagen became stuck, as shown in our photographs. More...

Fishing boat stranded in mud
A FISHING boat became the latest victim of Burnham-On-Sea's treacherous mud and soft sand on Saturday afternoon (April 29th) after it became stranded at the end of the town's jetty. Boat owner Gerald Smith said he misjudged the tide and got stuck in the mud next to the jetty
. More...

Electric storm wows onlookers
A POWERFUL
electrical storm rumbled and crackled over Burnham-On-Sea on Wednesday night (May 10th), giving walkers along the town's seafront an impressive light show. We took several photos of the storm as its mixture of fork and sheet lightning passed over. More...

Oops! Lady gets stuck in loo
BURNHAM fire-fighters dealt with one of their most unusual incidents of the year on Saturday evening (May 13th) when a holidaymaker became trapped inside a public toilet block. Red-faced Isobel Thomas was trapped in the ladies loos for almost an hour after being accidentally locked inside. More...

David Bellamy visits protesters
DEFIANT Sir David Bellamy is the latest celebrity to give his backing to protesters campaigning against a controversial wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea. The environmentalist met members of the 'kNOll to Wind Farm' action group in the fields where the wind turbines are proposed on Tuesday. More...

Hollywood movie boost for Brean
BREAN Down is being transformed in to a Hollywood movie set ahead of the filming of a brand new blockbuster at the site on Monday (June 5th). The cast and crew of The Golden Age are putting mock cannons and a huge film set into place on the top of the Down. More...

We win top Web site award!
BURNHAM-On-Sea.com has been crowned the region's top Web site of 2006 by winning the coveted 'Web Site of The Year' award at the annual South West Media Awards. At a glitzy awards ceremony on Tuesday (June 6th), the Web site was presented with the top award. More...

Over 300 complete triathlon
THE 20th annual Burnham-On-Sea triathlon - a 500m swim followed by a 20km cycle and then a 5km run - took place on Sunday (June 11th) and attracted over 300 competitors. But it was an 85-year-old Burnham pensioner who stole the limelight. More...

Firewalk raises £5k for charity
MORE than £5,000 was raised for Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre from this week's fundraising firewalk, the charity said on Saturday (June 24th). Earlier in the week, we reported that 28 people had walked across 20ft of burning embers during the event. More...

Lucky escape for crash pair
A BURNHAM
-On-Sea road was closed on Thursday evening (June 29th) after a vehicle span off the road into a ditch. A lady and a young boy had a lucky escape by crawling out of the car uninjured shortly after the accident at around 5pm during the rush hour. More...

Boats light up for procession
AN
illuminated night-time procession of boats began the 2006 Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club Regatta on Friday night (June 30th). Onlookers lined the town's seafront to watch the 22 illuminated boats move from the River Brue pontoons and past Burnham. More...

Trapped girls spark mud drama
BURNHAM
-On-Sea's hovercraft, two RNLI lifeboats and an RAF helicopter were called out after seven members of a netball team briefly became trapped in mud at Berrow beach on Friday afternoon (June 30th). The rescue services rushed to the incident. More...

Five Stert swimmers rescued
BURNHAM-On-Sea's D-Class lifeboat and hovercraft were called out at 7.10pm on Monday evening (July 17th) after seafront walkers alerted Coastguards when they saw to their amazement five children swimming across from Burnham to Stert Island
. More...

Pig race is runaway success!
CROWDS
of onlookers turned out to watch Brean Leisure Park's first pig racing and donkey derby of the summer season this week. Tuesday's event raised money for local good causes and is the traditional curtain-raiser to several weeks of summer events at the park. More...

Parched mudflats dry in heat
SIZZLING
summer temperatures are taking their toll on the landscape around Burnham, with mud on Berrow beach drying up and creating unusual scenes this week. The parched mudflats at Berrow have dried up in several places and broken into pieces. More...

Historic ship passes Burnham
WALKERS
along Burnham-On-Sea's Esplanade were treated to a glimpse of an historic 50 year-old ship as it glided past the town on Friday morning (July 28th). The Balmoral was on its annual trip up the River Parrett to Bridgwater to collect people booked on an excursion. More...

Stert Swim photos and results
LARGE crowds of
spectators lined Burnham-On-Sea's seafront to watch the annual Stert Island Swim on Sunday morning (July 30th). Dozens of intrepid swimmers from all over the South West were participating in the 2,400m swim to Stert Island and back. More... | Video

High-octane action at Brean!
HIGH
-octane action came to Brean Leisure Park, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Wednesday night (August 2nd) when hundreds of holidaymakers crowded into the park's arena to watch Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show. The show included 90 minutes of stunts. More...

Horses freed from Brean mud
TWO horses trapped in treacherous mud on Brean beach were pulled free by Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and a Bridgwater fire crew on Friday afternoon (August 11th).
The animals had quickly sunk to the top of their legs after running out into the mud after getting spooked. More...

In photos: ESCAPE Day 2006
A NEW second rescue hovercraft for Burnham-On-Sea was officially unveiled on Saturday August 19th during the town's third annual ESCAPE day. A special service for the brand new £15,000 craft, called The Light Of Elizabeth after Lelaina Hall's sister, was held. More...

BBC Dracula film crew in Brean
BREAN
Beach was transformed into a movie set on Monday morning (August 21st) when filming of a major new BBC film got underway. To the sound of 'lights, camera, action', film crews from Granada TV were shooting a new version of Dracula, to be broadcast on BBC One. More...

Photo special: FolkFest 2006
DOZENS
of music events are being held across Burnham-On-Sea during a two-day folk music festival this weekend (September 2nd and 3rd). Musicians from across the country are gathering in the town for FolkFest 2006 to play a varied mixture of live music. More...

Baptism ceremony held in sea
SIX MEMBERS
of a Burnham-On-Sea church waded into the waters of Bridgwater Bay on Sunday morning, September 10th, to be baptized in a ceremony in the sea. The Community Church members picked the sea instead of the usual swimming pool. More... | Video

Sunken boat rescued in Brue
A FIVE
-and-a-half hour bid to retrieve a sunken fishing boat from the treacherous banks of the River Brue ended successfully on Sunday (Sep 17th) when the craft was refloated with the help of Burnham's rescue hovercraft. BARB was called to help refloat the 21ft cruiser. More...

Half marathon beats the rain!
MORE than 330
runners pounded the streets of Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (October 1st) during the town's annual half marathon. The weather promised to be wet, but it was fine for much of the race. We have full coverage plus results, photos and video.
Photos & story
| Video | Results

Video: Storm batters seafront
HUGE waves battered Burnham-On-Sea on Friday night (Oct 6th) as high tides coincided with gale-forced winds. Waves broke over the sea wall along the southern Esplanade, leaving pools of sea water along roads and pavements. The town was earlier put on Flood Watch. Video...

'Reckless' youngsters risk fines
YOUNGSTERS
who filmed themselves standing on top of a car whilst it was driven along a beach in the Burnham-On-Sea area are breaking a bye-law and risk heavy penalties. Alarming footage of youngsters using vehicles on local beaches has come to light this week. More...

RAF jet lights up town's sky
AN IMPRESSIVE light show was visible in the skies near Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday afternoon (Oct 24th) when an RAF aircraft tested its anti-missile flares during training. The Hercules aircraft was spotted circling Bridgwater Bay at 2pm, then letting off the flares. More...

Fireworks wow the crowds!
A SPECTACULAR fireworks display was watched by thousands of people along Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday evening (Nov 5th) as the town's carnival festivities officially got underway. A 20 minute multi-coloured display lit up the town. Full photo round-up shortly. More...

Ghost Ship steals the show!
A HUGE crowd of over 30,000 people lined Burnham-On-Sea's streets on Monday night (Nov 6th) to watch the town's annual carnival. The incredible Ghost Ship float from Gremlins Carnival Club stole the show, winning many of the event's biggest prizes. Photos | Results | Video

Mayor rescues lights switch-on
BIG crowds flocked to Burnham-On-Sea for the light-up of the town's new Christmas lights on Saturday (Nov 25th), resulting in ITV West News presenter Peter Rowell missing the big switch-on. Burnham's Mayor, Eric Gill, was asked to hit the switch instead. Full coverage: Story | Photos | Video

80mph winds cause damage
POWERFUL 80mph winds swept through Burnham-On-Sea in the early hours of today (Sunday Dec 3rd), causing major damage in several parts of the town. A shop front in the High Street was blown away by the gales and several trees were down in the area. More...

In Photos: New lifeboat arrives
BURNHAM-On-Sea RNLI's new D-class lifeboat arrived in the town on Monday (December 11th) when crew members had their first opportunity to venture out into the sea onboard. The boat, called Puffin, was put through a series of sea-based exercises during Monday. More...

25th anniversary of 1981 storm
WEDNESDAY December 13th marks the
25th anniversary of the devastating 1981 storm which struck Burnham-On-Sea. A huge trail of damage was left along the town's seafront after waves and water caused widespread damage. Today, Burnham-On-Sea.com takes a special look back at that fateful day..
. More...

Shell collectors in for a treat
SHELL collectors wandering along Burnham's beach have been rewarded with some impressive finds this week after the recent heavy storms. The gales have resulted in a wider than normal range of shells being washed up along several parts of the town's shoreline. More...

 


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