Somerset’s flood boat – vote now for your favourite name

The deadline for nominations has passed and the polls are now open to find a fitting name for Somerset’s new community flood support boat.

Somerset County Council asked members of the public to send in their suggested names and were inundated by more than 100 entries.

These have been whittled down to a shortlist by a panel of judges and you can now go online to vote for your favourite. Here are the choices:

  • Spirit of the Levels
  • Flood Flyer
  • Resilience
  • Somerset Smile
  • Willow
  • Spirit of Somerset

A spokesman for Somerset County Council said: “The boat naming competition seems to have really captured the public’s imagination and we’d like to thank everyone who has sent in their suggestions.

“Now for the exciting bit – it’s your chance to vote for your favourite. Simply go online to www.somersetnewsroom.com and take part in our online poll.”

All the entries were considered by a panel of judges which was made up of Somerset County Council officers, Val and Chris Whitcombe from the Maunsel Lock Canal Centre, and members of FLAG, the Flooding on the Levels Action group.

Many of the entries were submitted via Facebook and Twitter and were inspired by everything from local links (The Sowy, King Alfred) to the inspirational (Defiance, Saviour) to the downright weird and wonderful (Mr McFloaty, The Golden Vole, Bob).

Particular thanks to the pupils of Kingsmoor Class at Huish Episcopi Primary School who came up with a number of imaginative suggestions, with two of them making the final shortlist.

The new community flood support boat has been funded by Somerset County Council in partnership with South Somerset District Council. It arrived in Somerset last month and will be based at the Maunsel Lock Canal Centre near North Newton where it will be kept on standby in case of future flooding emergencies.

At other times, the flat-bottomed Mk III Wheelyboat will be used to provide access to the water for groups of disabled people.

Voting will close at midnight on Monday 4 May and the winner will be announced on the first ever Somerset Day – 11 May.