Champagne corks were popping in Berrow on Friday afternoon (July 16th) when Burnham-On-Sea’s former MP officially opened the village’s newly refurbished play area.

David Heathcoat-Amory led the celebration on Berrow Village Green, as pictured here, for the new facilities, which were funded by a £50,000 National Lottery grant through The People’s Millions, a TV funding competition run by The Big Lottery Fund and ITV.

Berrow Parish Council, who oversaw the project to build the new play area, also received a £15,000 grant from Viridor Credits Environmental Company through its Landfill Communities Fund and smaller grants were also obtained from Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, Burnham Without Parish Council and Berrow Parish Council.

Berrow Parish Council Chairman Jenny Bentley told “We are all thrilled and delighted with our new play facilities. We have already seen them being put to good use.”

“All our hopes have been fulfilled as we see people of all ages coming out to play, and we give our heartfelt thanks for the thousands of votes received for us to win The People’s Millions bid and also to all our other funders.”

Mr Heathcoat-Amory, who was a supporter of the new play area and had said he would like to attend the opening when he visited the village earlier in the year, said he was “honoured” to be invited along to Friday’s opening.

Others who attended included Jane Moreton, Chair of Sedgemoor District Council, and local councillors Bob Filmer and Alan Ham. The Mayor and Mayoress of Burnham and Highbridge, Michael and Maria Clarke, were also invited along.

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