Lighthouse trail proving a big hit

PUBLISHED: 15:22 16 May 2014

Burnham lighthouse trail, Tourist Info Centre, Kate Sigrist.

Burnham lighthouse trail, Tourist Info Centre, Kate Sigrist.

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BURNHAM'S lighthouse trail has been hailed as a success, a fortnight on from its launch.

Burnham lighthouse trail, RNLI shop Anita Williams.Burnham lighthouse trail, RNLI shop Anita Williams.

Business and tourism manager Ian Jefferies said the artistic installations had ‘taken off brilliantly’, and revealed organisers were struggling to keep up with demand for programmes containing maps of the trail.

The 33 lighthouses were organised by Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HABA), and will remain on display throughout Burnham, Brean, Berrow and Lympsham until the end of August.

They will then be auctioned off in September.

Money raised will go to cancer charity Petal, set up in memory of Christine Woodberry, of Highbridge furniture business Woodberry Brothers and Haines, who died of the illness in 2008.

Burnham lighthouse trail, princess Hall  Jean Smith and Craig DennyBurnham lighthouse trail, princess Hall Jean Smith and Craig Denny

The company supplied the wood for the lighthouses and space in its warehouse for them to be stored, following a chance meeting between HABA chairman Sarah Berryman and Paul Plume, of Woodberry Brothers.

Mr Jefferies said: “Hopefully it encourages people not just to come to the town centre but also the whole area, it has taken off absolutely brilliantly. It is certainly proving its worth on that side of it.”

Sarah Berryman, HABA chairman, said: “We are delighted with the feedback we have had so far, everything seems to be going wonderfully. All the companies have been really happy with how things are going.

“A lot of families we have spoken to have done the walking trail already and will be visiting the lighthouses further afield in the summer holidays. Hopefully it can raise a lot of money and awareness for Petal, and inspire other communities to take on projects like this.”

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