Lord Lieutenant’s message of support for Somerset Day 2020

The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset with Her Majesty the Queen on her visit to Bruton in 2019

Message from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset for Somerset Day.

It’s an honour and a privilege to be patron of Somerset Day and I have great admiration for it’s foundation and for those who run it each year. It is a celebration of this unique and wonderful county, the like of which exists no where else in the world, and of the marvellous people who live here.

This year, the true worth of the Somerset Day concept has been displayed.   Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, all of the planned events and activities which we now look forward to, annually, have had to be cancelled. Faced with the challenge of a locked-down community over the treasured May 11th, the directors of Somerset Day have stood their ground by rolling up their sleeves to reach out and support all kinds of endeavours and help them through this difficult time.


It is a real pleasure to be part of such a visionary practical response to what is happening. The links and connections which the scheme has established have proved their worth already.

As Her Majesty said, in her recent address from Windsor Castle, working together we demonstrate those characteristics which our forebears showed to us through the two wars of the last century. We are united and resolute and, thus, we can support each other as we face the significant challenges which this terrible crisis presents to each one of us.

Thank you to the whole Somerset Day team from us all, in Somerset. We will support you with your endeavours as you lead us through the next few weeks and months so that we can face the greatest challenge of our generation, together.

Whilst the hundreds of events planned to take…

This article first published in Somerset Living Magazine…

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