The highly-anticipated draw of the entries vying to name the Palace Cygnets took place at The Bishop’s Palace on the afternoon of 23rd May.
The Palace received over one hundred entries from all across the area, and even from as far afield as Australia! Entries ranged from touching tributes to recently passed loved ones, to many comic puns on the word ‘swan’.
The grand draw was featured on BBC Somerset Radio with Matt Faulkner broadcasting the results as they were drawn by Chief Executive Rosie Martin from the special “Swan-velope”.
The winning names were: Theresa Born-in-May, Attila the Swan, Swan Quixote, Gloria Swanson, William the Swan-queror, Swanny and Clyde, and Swan Wayne
To see up to date news and footage, visit the Palace website, www.bishopspalace.org.uk where you can tune in to Swan Cam.
The tradition of Swans on the Palace Moat goes back to the 1870’s when one of Bishop Hervey’s daughters first taught the swans to ring a bell at the Gatehouse for food. The bell has a small rope underneath, which the swans pull with their beaks. New generations of swans learn to ring the bell from their parents and visitors from far and wide come to see this lovely tradition.