BIARS celebrates its seventh anniversary

PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 May 2018

BIARS was formed in 2011. Picture: Mike Lang

BIARS was formed in 2011. Picture: Mike Lang

MIKE LANG

A tourist information centre run by ‘wonderful’ volunteers has celebrated its seventh anniversary.

Burnham Information and Rescue Support (BIARS) opened its doors in the Esplanade in 2011 after the town’s tourist information bureau was closed by Sedgemoor District Council.

BIARS took over the service and as well as providing information it also sells souvenirs, raising funds for the Coastguard Association and BARB Search and Rescue.

The volunteer team helps an estimated 70,000 visitors per year.

Guests to the celebration included Wells MP James Heappey, plus the mayor and mayoress of Burnham and Highbridge, Bill and Frances Hancock.

BIARS chairman Tom Ashton praised the group’s helpers.

He said: “It was a fantastic way to celebrate our achievements.

“I must give thanks to our wonderful volunteers as without them, this group would not function.”

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