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'.
final day of online voting is underway today (Saturday, January
31st) and the school in Highbridge has appealed for final votes
by clicking here.
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 together,
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.
Highbridge school was given its name at an official opening in
1958 after being built on a site once owned by King Alfred of
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 of Somerset."
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 midnight today.