COMMUNITY heroes and budding young artists were recognised in Somerset Day celebrations at Taunton's Museum of Somerset yesterday (Wednesday, May 11).

Seven Somerset recipients of British Empire Medals joined with the winners of a countywide schools art competition at event organised by Somerset County Council chairman Christine Lawrence and Passion for Somerset.

Winners and runners-up from the 700 entrants in the Somerset Young People’s Art Festival competition received certificates.

And Somerset's Lord Lieutenant Anne Maw presented British Empire Medals to seven people awarded the honour in the 2016 New Year Honours.

The evening also featured performances by the council’s Canticle Choir, the Somerset Youth Orchestra and Taunton Morris Men.

Cllr Lawrence said: "We wanted to use Somerset Day as an opportunity to celebrate not only this wonderful county, but also its talented, selfless and community spirited residents of all ages."

Nigel Muers-Raby, chairman of Passion for Somerset, said: "We are delighted that so many people came together to support just some of the amazing talent we have in our county and to enjoy some of our wonderful produce."