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Open day marks Lelaina Hall death
Caroline Hall and her family in The Spirit Of Lelaina
More than 200 people attended Saturday's open day
The fifth anniversary of the death of Lelaina Hall was marked by an open day at the charity whose hovercraft is named after her.

Lelaina, five, and from Worcestershire, died after becoming stuck on mudflats near Burnham-on-Sea in June 2002.

Mother Caroline Hall and her family were taken on a flight along the beach in The Spirit Of Lelaina.

"The anniversary is very sad but it helps us to see the good that has come out of the tragedy," she said.

"It's wonderful to go out on the hovercraft and see the enthusiasm and dedication shown by its crew. It's comforting to be here," Ms Hall added.

More than 200 visitors visited the seafront station of BARB, the charity that runs Burnham's hovercrafts, on Saturday.

They were also able to see the organisation's second hovercraft, named The Light of Elizabeth after Lelaina's sister.

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