Burnham's pavilion hopes to receive £100k new look

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THE owner of one of Burnham’s most iconic landmarks is hoping to celebrate its 100th anniversary with a £100,000 revamp.

Pavilion manager Louise Parkin is hoping to install a £60,000 high-tech folding roof and other improvements to the tune of £40,000 to ensure Burnham’s pavilion attracts crowds for another 100 years.

She told the Weekly News: “The idea has been in the pipeline for a while but we decided this was the year to do it.

“We get no grant funding whatsoever and we’ve invested the money ourselves to ensure the business continues to be sustainable.

“We’ve tried to maintain the traditional character of the pavilion within the design but we’ve also had to move with the times.

“If planning permission is granted in February then we will soon have a wet weather facility in Burnham which can accommodate a coachload of visitors.

“In the summer we open until 10pm, meaning people can dine at the pier in the evening.”

The 35ft rood is split into two halves that meet in the middle and can be easily retracted at the push of a button.

The extra cover will allow the business to invest more in children’s rises and family entertainment.

The revamp is hoped to compliment ‘Project Coach’ which aims to encourage more visitors to Burnham.

Ms Parkin also wants to employ another four full-time and four part-time staff next year if the project gets the green light.

It is hoped the new system can be installed around Easter for the new holiday season.

A celebration event will be held in June to mark the centenaries of local Brownie packs and Ms Parkin wants to hear from pensioners in Burnham who would like to celebrate their 100th birthday at the pavilion.

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