Published:
January 20, 2016
Somerset Rebels speedway club ditch Confederate flag on new logo

The Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels speedway club will go into the new 2016 season sporting a new team logo which will be more representative of the club's Somerset roots.

Since their formation in 2000, the team logo has been the Confederate flag under which the Southern States fought in the American Civil War, but club promoter Debbie Hancock feels that the club logo needs to reflect its home county of Somerset.

She told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Even though we are now some 16 years on since the club was first formed, people still ask what the Confederate flag has to do with Somerset, especially as the nickname Rebels was adopted to commemorate the Rebel uprising at the Battle of Sedgemoor."

"In addition, we felt that given certain tragic events which took place in America last year, it would be insensitive of us to continue using the Confederate Flag as the club logo and, as such, we wanted something which would be more reflective of the County of Somerset and felt that nothing does that more than the mythical Wyvern, which is the Somerset County emblem."

"Within that, we are still retaining our traditional red, white and blue colours and the Rebels nickname, but it was felt that a change of logo was probably overdue and 2016 will see the team take to the track sporting our new Wyvern body-colours."

 


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