BBC's Songs Of Praise TV show coming to Burnham-On-Sea?
BBC's popular religious TV programme 'Songs Of Praise' could be filmed
from Burnham-On-Sea this Spring.
Mayor, Louise Parkin, has been approached by the programme's producers
about a special outside broadcast being based outside the town's Pavilion,
which is the shortest pier in Britain, and next to the town's lighthouse,
which is the only wooden beach lighthouse in the UK.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The BBC wants to broadcast Songs Of Praise
from a pier and has therefore sent out information to all pier owners
across the UK.
sent them back a picture of Burnham's Pavilion along with some information
about the building from Burnham-On-Sea.com, and material from myself
and Neville Jones.
already written back to say they haven't yet decided where to broadcast
the show from, but that whatever happens, they are definitely thinking
about using Burnham in the future."
Songs Of Praise is broadcast from Burnham it could certainly raise the
profile of the town.
programme is watched by up to 11 million viewers each Sunday evening
on BBC1 and is also shown on many other television channels around the
coastal-themed episode is due to go out in June and Louise has offered
full co-operation from the town council and also informed the show's
producers that she and her faimily - who run Burnham pier - would remove
tables, chairs and machines from the front of the building to provide
extra room for the film crew and congregation. They would also ensure
that flowers around the building are in full bloom.
pier has been in the spotlight recently thanks to the launch of Burnham-On-Sea.com's
Seafront Webcam which shows constantly updated images of the seafront
24 hours a day.
GOOD REASONS WHY 'SONGS OF PRAISE' SHOULD COME TO BURNHAM:
part of the bid to attract the BBC to Burnham, Louise Parkin prepared
this list of reasons why the show should come here:
far as can be remembered by churchgoers, no such programme either TV
or radio has ever been broadcast from the town of Burnham-On-Sea: Why?
Because it always get overshadowed by the much larger and better known
resort of Weston-super-mare (which also has an expert publicity machine).
2. Where other seaside resorts might boast the longest pier,
the oldest pier, or even the most derelict pier (when in search of grant
aid), we just have the shortest pier.
3. However, the pier is unique in that it was the first building
of its kind in Europe built by the newly invented system, which we now
know more conveniently as re-enforced concrete.
4. The first non-Booth family man of the Salvation Army to lead
the world-wide organisation was born within our joint parish of Burnham-on-sea
and Highbridge, and his mother is buried in Burnham churchyard as well
as another famous name, that of Field Marshal Montgomery's wife and
the parents of our most famous son, Frank Foley, the Berlin passport
officer who saved 10,000 Jews from the gas chamber. Although he was
born and educated here only his parents were laid to rest locally but
a statue to this hero of World War 2 will we hope is erected this year
after many years of fundraising. Finally, Sir John Pople, winner of
the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1998 was also born here where he lived
with his parents until after the Second World War in 1946.
5. Burnham-On-Sea is renowned for its glorious sunsets, indeed
it is rumoured that the great British landscape artist, Turner, came
here to the coast to gather inspiration.
6. Burnham-On-Sea boasted a children's seaside mission, going
back to the First World War, where youngsters would play games, learn
and sing hymns about Jesus accompanied by a portable harmonium and build
sand castles. A real nostalgic memory of less frenetic holidays. These
missions for six weeks every year continued right up until the middle
7. Burnham-On-Sea is located at the confluence of two rivers
which drain Somersetshire, the river Parrett and the river Brue, and
where they then join the river Severn. This stretch of coast has the
second highest rise and fall in the world (the other is in Newfoundland),
with a rise of over 12 metres, some 40 feet. Safety at sea for those
who come to enjoy the waters both at Burnham and at Brean (where in
the summer months some 50,000 people find accommodation, where else
in Britain would you find 50,000 beds), whether in the water or on the
water, on water-skis, jet-skis, wind-surfing, sailing boats or hang-glider
surfing or swimming, the safety of those enjoying themselves is paramount
to local people. We have not only an HM Coastguard Station, but also
a new £500,000 RNLI Station and the local Burnham Area Rescue
Boat service with its specially built hovercraft (a £120,000 project
paid for entirely by West Country people through the local regional
8. Burnham's lighthouse on the sands, erected in the 1820's on
nine stout oaken posts is thought to be unique, and is very much the
town's symbol (it is a major feature on the town crest and my mayor's
chain). Though it's better known high lighthouse, now a private house
was built originally to replace the one on the sands, as the old saying
goes, they don't build them like they used to, and in fact the lower
lighthouse was re-commissioned to serve its original purpose and emits
a light to aid shipping entering the channel to sail to the port of
9. Though its hotels of yesteryear are now put to other purposes,
the Burnham Holiday Village can find accommodation far in excess of
their total in their heyday as the Village can accommodate 3,500 visitors
alone whilst other smaller centres can double that figure and more.
10. The towns of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge and their inhabitants
are working towards a regeneration bid from various agencies. We could
well do with help to compete against other resorts which qualify government
cash and your programme might well close the deal for us.
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