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Land Yacht Championships come to Brean

Enthusiasts compete in Land Yacht Championships Credit: Brean Land Yacht Club

Thirty of the UK's top sand yachting enthusiasts are competing on Brean beach this weekend as part of the British Land Yacht Championships.

The two day event is being put on by Brean Land Yacht Club. Racing is due to start at 1100 on Saturday and 1000 on Sunday.

The yachts can reach speeds of up to 60mph as they travel across the sand.

Motor rally at Brean Leisure Park

It's the 17th year the event's been staged at Brean Credit: Mike Lang

Up to 90 cars are expected at a motor rally being held in Somerset's Brean Leisure Park this weekend. The K&R Mitsubishi Stages Rally has attracted drivers from around the UK and even from the Channel Islands.

Ford Anglia at last year's rally Credit: Mike Lang

It's the 17th year the event's been held at Brean. The rally forms the opening round of the Association of South Western Motor Clubs and the Cotswold Motor Sport Group Rally Championships.

Stranded driver thanks his rescuers

A driver who was stranded on mudflats at Brean beach in North Somerset has thanked his rescuers. Martin Buckland from the West Midlands has made a donation to BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) to cover the expenses of Saturday's rescue.

I thought I could drive down to the sea, but my wheels sank into the mud just as I was about to turn round. I was very grateful for the help of the rescue crew. I'm embarrassed that it happened.

– Martin Buckland, Driver

BARB is a charity, run by volunteers. It has rescued more than 220 people over the past 20 years.

This incident serves as a fresh reminder about the dangers of venturing into the mud along Brean beach. Our advice is to heed the warning signs and stay on the hard sand at the top of the beach.

– Mark Newman, BARB Chairman

Stranded motorist rescued from Brean beach

Rescue volunteers brought in a tractor to pull the car out Credit: BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat)

A driver has been rescued after getting stuck on mudflats at Brean. The alarm was raised just after noon on Saturday when the four-by-four was spotted half a mile out from the beach.

Volunteers from BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) used a tractor to haul the car and its owner to safety.

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Caravan tax u-turn

As well as its much publicised u-turn on the Pasty Tax last night, the Government also toned down its plans for a tax on static caravans. In the Budget it was announced that 20 per cent VAT would be levied on new holiday caravans where it had been zero. That rate has been reduced to five per cent.

There were fears that introducing a high rate of VAT on new holiday caravans would cripple the industry Credit: ITV West

The area around Brean and Burnham has one of the highest concentrations of static caravans nationwide.

13 year old boy stuck in mud at Brean

The Burnham-on-Sea hovercraft has been called out to help rescue a 13 year old boy on Brean Sands. The teenager got stuck in the mud this afternoon but managed to make it to safety himself.

Swansea Coastguard who have been co-ordinating the rescue say it was fortunate that the tide was going out at the time. They say that if it had been coming in it could have been a different story.

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