Hundreds of people attended the funeral of former Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge Mayor Martin Cox on Friday (August 9th).

Martin, 72, died peacefully at Weston Hospice on Saturday July 27th with his wife Arlene and family at his side.

Martin had served as a town councillor for eight years until May this year and was also Mayor for two years. He had bravely battled poor health.

He was a well-known face about Burnham, with strong involvement at both BARB Search & Rescue where he was formerly Deputy Chairman, and Burnham-On-Sea RNLI, where he was its Lifeboat Operations Manager.

His ‘service of celebration’ was held in front of a packed congregation at St Andrew’s Church in Burnham.

A guard of honour was formed outside by crewmembers from BARB Search & Rescue and Burnham-On-Sea RNLI.

A tribute was read by BARB Chairman Mark Newman, warmly recounting Martin’s three decades of volunteering at the two Burnham charities, while Rev Graham Witts read tributes and memories from friends and family.

The service included prayers and hymns.  A private cremation was held at Sedgemoor Crematorium and refreshments were served at The Princess Theatre.

Pictured: A guard of honour was formed outside the church by crews from BARB and Burnham-On-Sea RNLI (photo: Mo Hunt with family’s permission) and, above, the late Cllr Martin Cox (photo: Nick Tolley).