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Earl of Wessex to unveil Lelaina plaque at BARB

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: April 09, 2009

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PRINCE Edward is to visit the Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) to unveil a plaque marking the fifth anniversary of the Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft entering service.

The Earl of Wessex will arrive at BARB's seafront headquarters today at 2.45pm.

He will be greeted by the charity's president Neville Jones, chairman Mark Newman and other dignitaries.

He will meet the volunteer crew and hear about the hovercraft, which is named after five-year-old Lelaina Hall, who died on the Berrow mudflats in 2002.

Mr Newman said: "It is a great honour to have such a high-profile visitor coming to Burnham to see the work of our volunteers.

"We look forward to meeting the prince and explaining the role we undertake to help keep Somerset's coastline safe."

The prince will also visit Burnham coastguard, where he will hear about how BARB, which runs two hovercraft and an inshore boat, has sped to rescues on the mudflats.

He will then walk to the seafront to watch The Light of Elizabeth hovercraft take part in a training exercise.

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