King Alfred to be celebrated on Somerset Day?

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 January 2015

Should King Alfred's role in the county's history be celebrated on Somerset Day?

Should King Alfred's role in the county's history be celebrated on Somerset Day?

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AROUND 1,400 students at Highbridge's King Alfred School are urging people to vote for their namesake as the inspiration for a new Somerset Day.

Campaign group Passion For Somerset, created last year to try to boost county unity, wants to establish an annual county-wide celebration to showcase all that is great about the area.

It has shortlisted three options – inspired by Somerset’s proud past and featuring King Alfred, St Dunstan and the Battle of Sedgemoor – and wants people to vote for their preferred choice.

May 11, the date in 878 when Alfred The Great united the people of Somerset to march against the invading Danish, is currently leading – and King Alfred students want to keep it that way.

The school’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 of Somerset.

“We 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.”

Voting at www.passionforsomerset.co.uk closes on Saturday.

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