photos: Prince Edward welcomed to Burnham-On-Sea's BARB
Earl of Wessex met volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft
charity on Monday (June 9th).
BARB Search & Rescue where he met crewmembers and saw
the charity's two life-saving hovercrafts and inshore rescue boat.
heard about the charity's work during recent flooding on the Somerset
Levels and met several of the crew who helped in Moorland and
Prince also heard about plans to extend the charity's seafront
station with a new second-floor training area.
his visit, the Prince also unveiled a new information panel on
the sea wall with this one featuring Royal visits to Burnham over
the last millennium. Cllr Neville Jones led the ceremony.
70 children from Burnham St Andrew's School welcomed the Prince
with loud cheers, waving union jacks, and many got the chance
to meet him during his visit.
Prince also watched a training session from the town's jetty where
BARB's Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft was in action.
were greatly honoured to welcome the Prince back to Burnham five
years after his last visit. He continues to show a great deal
of interest in BARBs work and our plans for the future,"
said a BARB spokesman.
visit came just days after BARB received the news that it had
received The Queen's Award For Voluntary Service, featured here.
Earl signing the BARB visitors book watched by BARB Chairman Mark
Newman and Operations Manager Mike Lowe
The Prince meeting BARB Secretary Roger Flower during the event
Edward with the RNLI's Martin Cooper and Phil Counsell
unveiling of an information plaque on Burnham's Esplanade with
Cllr Neville Jones, Burnham Mayor Martin Cox and Margo Jones
(pics Mike Lang)
The Prince watched a hovercraft training flight on the jetty
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