Somerset Day Celebrations

Somerset Day Celebrations, 12 May 2018

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset Mrs Anne Maw was the guest of honour when CYMT Brass Group (directed by Mr Jim Bennett) and flautist Amelie Donovan, accompanied by Mr Dominic Hansom, performed at the Somerset Day celebrations on 12 May 2018 at Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School.

Hosted by Ben McGrail ITV from ITV News West Country and organised by Bill Lloyd & Nigel Muers-Raby, the event also featured the awesome The Drystones from Priddy in Somerset.

Other artists were Yeovilton Military Wives Choir as well as student soloists from Wells Cathedral School: Meadow Brooks (marimba), Nina Savicevic (piano) & Daniel Watt (vibraphone).

Huge thanks to Bill Lloyd and Nigel Muers-Raby for giving CYMT students the chance to perform at the wonderful Somerset Day 2018 celebrations.  Somerset Day is organised by Passion for Somerset Community Interest Company.

Thanks to our three councils: Somerset County Council,North Somerset Council and Bath and North East Somerset Council for generously underwriting the event’s costs.

The event was held in aid of the Somerset Hospice Movement comprising St. Margaret’s Somerset Hospice, Weston Hospicecare and Dorothy House Hospice Care.  All the proceeds from the event supports the wonderful work they do throughout Somerset.


Somerset Day takes place on the 11th May annually and marks Alfred the Great’s call to arms and the gathering of ‘all the people of Somerset’ to march against the invading Viking army, and is now an annual opportunity to celebrate all that is “great” about Somerset and its residents and communities.

Alfred is the only Monarch to have been called “the Great” and, followinghis defeat of the Danes, is regarded by many to be the first King of England. By the 890’s Alfred’s charters and coinage were referring to him as ‘King of the English’, reinforcing Somerset’s claim to be the origins of England.

Pictures coming soon. 20/5/18