School reveals mural in tribute to Somerset legend
PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 May 2019
The King Alfred School, an Academy
A 30ft high mural, which pays tribute to a legendary Somerset king, has been unveiled to mark a renowned day in the county.
Highly-regarded street-artist Andrew Burns Colwill painted a portrait of King Alfred The Great, which was revealed at The King Alfred School, an Academy in Highbridge on May 10.
The mural marked the academy's dedication to Somerset Day on Saturday, and the artwork was created to educate students about their school's namesake.
The Voice singer Harrisen Larner-Main made a surprise appearance, and 1,200 students could make artwork, duel in Viking re-enactments, sit and watch assemblies, and take part in a battle of the bands competition. There were also visits from BARB, St John's Ambulance, the district's artists, police and more.
In the artwork Alfred the Great is holding a paintbrush with two children sitting on a pile of books at his feet, with a Viking on his left hand side and a Saxon on his right.
Alfred the Great was the King of Wessex in England from 849 to 899AD, the most famous of the Anglo-Saxon rulers, who is celebrated across the county for Somerset Day.
He protected the kingdom of Wessex against Vikings and was known for introducing primary education to be taught in English rather than Latin.
The king was given his title 'the Great' during and after the Reformation in the sixteenth century, the only English monarch to be given the accolade.
Principal at the academy Nathan Jenkins said: "King Alfred was brave, determined and a visionary and our students are very proud of our heritage and history.
"We felt this artwork would be a suitable tribute which everyone could enjoy, and the students have had the privilege of seeing Andy work live.
"The King did amazing historical feats in this area and was rightly called the great. His legacy should be celebrated throughout the country."
Chair of Somerset Day Denys Rayner said: "King Alfred is rightly the ambassador of Somerset, with his huge achievements, history and character.
"It is wonderful to see the academy bring his memory alive in such an incredible way for Somerset Day."