The tables were decked, the cakes were baked, the bunting was up, and the bands were out in force, even the sun put in an appearance to make Somerset Day 2019 a very special occasion. Somerset Day is the time the whole county celebrates all that that is wonderful about the people and the place that is Somerset. It is a chance to shout from the roof tops that Somerset is a wonderful place to live, work, visit and study and an occasion to celebrate all things Somerset, from delicious local food, to tasty cider, a rich culture and history.
Bishop Ruth is Patron of Somerset Day, and she encouraged us to take the day as an opportunity “to value the uniqueness of some of our wonderful people, places and possibilities” and take the opportunity everyone did.
It began early on Friday evening when a group of very special young people were honoured for their achievements at the Pride of Somerset Youth Awards. The winners inspiring everyone with their success in turning their lives around, helping with charitable causes, overcoming discrimination and disability.
On Saturday Somerset day itself, Bishop Ruth, travelled across the county taking part in festivities and meeting those who help make Somerset a special place. First stop was the Eat Taunton Street Festival where around 90 producers showcased locally produced food and drink. Trying cheese, cider, gin, and sausages Bishop Ruth praised the ‘amazing commitment and dedication to all that is best about Somerset!’
Then it was on to Illminster where Bishop Ruth was guest of honour at the Town Crier competition. Town Criers from afar afield as Launceston and Bromyard paraded along East Street to the Market Square. After meeting some of the youngest and best dressed Criers in the country Bishop Ruth visited the Minster before heading back to Wells for a Somerset Day Evensong at the Cathedral.
It was a busy day but one Bishop Ruth says, “gives us the chance to take the time to encourage ourselves and others to find the best in the world and people around us.”
Nigel Muers – Raby, CEO and Founder Somerset Day Community Interest Company says “Somerset Day is all about celebrating Somerset as a place to live, learn, work and play and we’re delighted that Bishop Ruth is joining us in celebrating all that is special about Somerset.”