Prince of Wales award is ‘cherry on the cake’

PUBLISHED: 17:32 11 June 2015 | UPDATED: 17:32 11 June 2015

Organisers Beverley (right) and Sarah (left) Milner-Simonds at the awards ceremony.

Organisers Beverley (right) and Sarah (left) Milner-Simonds at the awards ceremony.

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THE organisers of Burnham Food Festival are celebrating after being highly commended for a prestigious award.

The festival, which most recently welcomed about 20,000 people to the centre of the town over the May bank holiday weekend, found itself shortlisted for a Prince of Wales Award.

It aims to recognise people who have ‘brought about improvements to the lives of the rural population in a sustainable manner’.

The award normally only has a winner singled out – but the judges were sufficiently impressed by the food festival, which has run six times in the town centre, to award it a highly-commended rating.

Reverend Peter Price, one of the award’s judges, said: “We have never awarded a runner-up, or second place before, but the standard of the ultimate winner, the Exmoor Youth Club and the food and drink festival was so high we all agreed that both deserved recognition.

“By awarding this highly-commended certificate we hope that the Burnham team feel encouraged to continue to develop their fantastic festival.”

The festival is organised by the two-woman team of Beverley and Sarah Milner-Simonds, who said they were delighted with their award.

Beverley said: “To have been shortlisted for this award was amazing – and to come back to Burnham with a highly-commended rating was a real cherry on top of the May festival cake.”

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