NEXT Tuesday (May 11) is Somerset Day and the county council will be celebrating the occasion with the launch of the new Somerset Medal.
While many events have been curtailed due to Covid-19 restrictions there is still a lot happening to mark the occasion.
A council spokesperson said: “We are paying tribute to those who made superhuman efforts to keep Somerset going during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Somerset Medal is designed to say a heartfelt ‘thankyou’ to the best of the best, nominated by the public with the winners due to be revealed on Somerset Day.
“This year the focus is on the campaign to ‘Fly the Flag for Somerset’, with organisers encouraging people to cover the county in red and yellow flags, bunting and window stickers from this weekend through to Tuesday.
“As part of this, county council leader David Fothergill will be raising the Somerset flag outside County Hall.
Design a flag
“Cllr Fothergill has also been one of the judges in this year’s ‘Design a Somerset Flag’ competition, alongside Cabinet Member for Customers and Communities, Cllr Christine Lawrence, and Somerset Day’s Founder and CEO Nigel Muers-Raby.
“The competition saw more than 280 entries and the judges faced a tough task in selecting the winners after youngsters submitted an array of creative and colourful flags. To find out more about the contest and view the winning designs visit: Primary School Flag Competition – Somerset Day.
“There are plenty of ways to get involved in Somerset Day on social media too. You can post pictures of you with your flags and bunting using the hashtag #FLYTHEFLAGFORSOMERSET, or simply post saying why you love the county with the #SomersetDay hashtag.
“There is the option to download an event pack full of resources which includes a printable Somerset Day flag and Somerset Day bunting, as well as blank templates so that you can design your own. The resource pack can be found by going to Get Involved – Somerset Day.
Cllr Fothergill said: “We are all very fortunate to live in this fantastic county. Filled with beautiful scenery and amazing people, and full of fascinating culture and history, there are plenty of reasons to get involved and celebrate Somerset Day.”
For more information go to www.somersetday.com.