STAFF and students at a Highbridge school are celebrating after a unique artwork was unveiled in tribute to a legendary king to celebrate Somerset Day.

The extraordinary historical 30ft painting of King Alfred the Great by renowned street artist Andrew Burns Cowill was revealed at The King Alfred School Academy (TKASA) on Friday (May 10) to students and staff.

To celebrate the Great King and to help the students have a better understanding of their school Namesake, students had lessons throughout the day and enjoyed a Viking re-enactment.

Nathan Jenkins, principal of TKASA, said: “King Alfred was rightly called ‘great’ and his legacy should be celebrated through the country.

"He founded primary school education for example and is responsible for preserving the English language. This is a fitting tribute to him.

“King Alfred was brave, determined and visionary and our students are very proud of our heritage and history.

"We felt this this artwork would be a suitable tribute that everyone could enjoy.

"The King lived and did his amazing historical feats right in this area.

“We were thrilled to secure Andy's support for this project and look forward to seeing the work develop.

"Andy is keen to share his process and experience with the students, who will have the privilege of seeing him work live."

The school hosted a number of fun events on Friday to celebrate the grand unveiling including a student battle of the bands, a live performance from The Voice contestant Harrisen Larner-Main, and visits from representatives at BARB Search and Rescue, St John Ambulance, local artists and police.

Denys Rayner, chairman of Somerset Day also attended the event and said he was 'impressed' with the school's display.

He said: "King Alfred is rightly the ambassador of Somerset with his huge achievements, history and character.

"It is wonderful to see a Somerset school bring alive his memory in such an incredible way for Somerset Day."

A spokesman for TKASA said the new installation will spark months of art and musical events at the school to involve the whole community and region in the celebration of the great King.

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