New hovercraft tourism service launched

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 October 2010

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A UNIQUE new hovercraft tourism service which will see people taking trips down Burnham beach was launched on Friday.

A UNIQUE new hovercraft tourism service which will see people taking trips down Burnham beach was launched on Friday.

The Hovabout Ltd service was officially opened on the town’s beach, with Weston MP and Minister for Tourism John Penrose in attendance.

The service is also aiming to employ ex-servicemen as pilots, while raising funds for military charity Help For Heroes at the same time.

Owner Paul Graham said: “I think the launching of the project went very well, I think we got the right type of people there, and there were a lot of local children who had a ride on the hovercraft and enjoyed it.

“It was a good way to start it. We’ve had a lot of support of organisations speaking to us since the launch too.

“We have a two main aims here. Firstly it’s to provide an innovative and exciting tourism attraction in the area.

“Secondly the aim is to give ex-servicemen the opportunity to work with the hovercrafts, and get them back in public.”

Ex-rifleman Jamie Cooper, who has served in the Middle East, has taken the first role at Hovabout, after he accepted a role as logistics manager.

“Hopefully Jamie is just the first we’ll employ here, we’re looking to get a lot of ex-servicemen working with the hovercrafts in the near future.

Hovabout is also linking up with the Highbridge Dreamscheme, and is looking to give free rides to children from special schools once a month.

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