The Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Annie Maw stopped by The Railway Inn on Tuesday – the hottest day of the year – for a well-earned break during her Duke of Edinburgh Award 60th Anniversary Challenge.
Mrs Maw was undertaking a trek of 60 miles around Somerset in her mobility scooter to raise awareness of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. She was involving people along the way, particularly those from schools and colleges who run the scheme for their pupils.
The second day of Annie’s trek took her along The Strawberry Line in Sandford, where she was met by members of Thatchers Cider at The Railway Inn.
The project has been set up to raise public awareness of the DofE and other worthy public causes, and to demonstrate how the Lieutenancy is working in partnership with them to support what they are aiming to achieve for the public benefit.
This year is the 60th anniversary of the DoE Award Scheme, and the Earl of Wessex has challenged people to do something related to “60”, thus Annie’s 60 mile challenge.
James King, general manager of The Railway, was on hand to welcome Annie and her fellow trekkers.
“Everyone was in definite need of refreshment as the temperature reached 30 degrees here in Sandford. We were absolutely honoured to welcome everyone to the Railway and wish them well on the remainder of their trip around Somerset.”