Flood rescuers ‘honoured’ by royal visit

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 June 2014

Prince Edward visit to BARB, on the Esplanade, Burnham-on -Sea.

Prince Edward visit to BARB, on the Esplanade, Burnham-on -Sea.

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PRINCE Edward spoke with volunteers at Burnham’s search and rescue boat headquarters on Monday as part of a royal visit to Somerset, thanking crews for their work during the Somerset floods and view plans for the site’s expansion.

His Royal Highness toured the Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) Esplanade base, and met teams from the charity’s flood relief arm. He later unveiled a plaque commemorating royal visits to the town through history and watched a display from one of the group’s hovercraft along the beach.

The prince was greeted by children from St Andrew’s Junior School on his arrival before beginning the tour of the facility, where he also viewed an artist’s impression of its planned expansion, to install a new second floor for training purposes.

Mark Newman, BARB chairman, said: “We were greatly honoured to have the prince visit for the second time in five years. He was particularly interested to hear about the flood relief efforts and really enjoyed seeing the hovercraft in flight and meeting our volunteers.”

The prince last visited BARB in 2009, to mark the fifth anniversary of the Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft entering service.

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