Burnham-On-Sea’s youth centre has celebrated the 50th anniversary of its building this week.

The Burnham Area Youth (BAY) Centre in Cassis Close marked the special milestone at its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 11th.

To mark the occasion a special plaque was unveiled by Ken Hindle, below, who was the commissioning youth leader back in 1966.

Ken told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “The centre has been such an important community facility for the people of Burnham for 50 years. A big thank you goes to all those who have run groups here and supported in over the decades.”

There was a display of BAY Centre memorabilia in the centre during the day with photos and documents on show, with a chance to look back at the building’s history.

The centre’s Chairman Mike Lang and President Neville Jones were also among those present, along with the Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Maria Clarke, plus Sedgemoor District Council Chairman Ian Dyer, pictured below.

Mike said: “Those attending the AGM heard how the BAY Centre is managing to survive very well, with a positive income over the past year, during these tough financial times, supporting all the community groups and clubs which use the building.”

There were reports from the various BAY Centre clubs, along with a display of boxing by the town’s Titans Boxing Club.

Other groups based at the centre who gave positive updates on their work included Burnham Camera Club, the Technology Clinic, Radio Club, Christian Fellowship, Zone Youth Club, Table Tennis Club, Windows Carers Group, Sunlight Mental Health Library, Sunflower Club, Warhammer Club, Gateway Club and Monday Club.

The centre’s committee members, pictured, were thanked for all their work over the years by the Cllrs Michael and Maria Clarke, and Cllr Ian Dyer, pictured above.

The conclusion of the meeting was marked by wine, cheese and nibbles in the BAY Centre cafe.