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December 6, 2005
Burnham-On-Sea RNLI opens brand new seafront souvenir shop

Burnham-On-Sea RNLI has acquired a shop on the town's busy seafront in order to continue fundraising efforts all year round.

Burnham-On-Sea RNLI Supporters Mike and Erika Karlstedt, Ken and Sandra King, Mary and Eric Summers, Dot and Roy Hall, Catriona Newman, Jendy Weekes (Co-ordinator) and Burnham-On-Sea RNLI Chairman Tony Winterburn.The building, which is situated next to Sunspot Amusements, overlooks The Esplanade and town jetty.

The RNLI station supporters group have put the shop into immediate use for selling RNLI Christmas souvenirs.

Once the shop has been refitted with RNLI branding there will be an official opening ceremony.

Jendy Weekes, chairman of the Burnham RNLI Supporters Group, and a driving force in finding a shop in the town, said that she was delighted that she and her fellow supporters - all of whom are volunteers - now have a base from which to sell their merchandise.

Jendy said: "Although we are a very new group, we are determined to be supportive to the crew here at Burnham and to ensure that we sell as much as we can. The shop will be open most days between now and 16th December."

"The funds we raise will help maintain the high professional standards of the RNLI and the volunteer crews. To be on call 24 hours a day and to launch in atrocious weather conditions takes guts and determination. I am sure not many people would want to do what all RNLI crewmembers do."

"They deserve all the support we can give them."

Our photo shows Mike and Erika Karlstedt, Ken and Sandra King, Mary and Eric Summers, Dot and Roy Hall, Catriona Newman, Jendy Weekes (Co-ordinator) and Burnham-On-Sea RNLI Chairman Tony Winterburn.

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