for Highbridge school's namesake as Somerset Day theme
and staff at Highbridge's King Alfred School are urging local
residents to vote for their famous namesake to be crowned as the
theme for the new annual 'Somerset Day'.
1,300-pupil school in Highbridge was given its name at an official
opening in 1958 after being built on a site once owned by King
Alfred of Wessex.
Somerset's 900,000 residents are voting in the 'Passion for Somerset'
event for three historic dates to become 'Somerset Day' - 11th
May when King Alfred 'gathered' all the people of Somerset, 6th
July remembering the Battle of Sedgemoor, or 19th May which commemorates
the birth of England's most popular saint, St Dunstan.
and staff at King Alfred School have firmly made their minds up
and are voting for Alfred The Great to be celebrated annually
by the whole county.
Alfred's Head of History Martyn Ellis said: "King Alfred
is without doubt the best choice for the new annual Somerset Day.
He was not just a tremendous King and the only one to be given
the title of 'Great', but he also famously gathered all the people
are very proud of our links with Alfred The Great. Our school
is built on the very land that he once owned. We would urge others
to help keep this incredible bit of history of a great man alive."
for Somerset' was created by Somerset businesses to represent
the county's 900,000 residents who live in an area from Bath in
the East, to Minehead in the West, Yeovil in the South and Portishead
in the North. Vote
by clicking here until Friday 16th January.