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Acclaimed Author Jeffrey Archer Is New Somerset Ambassador

December 18, 2017 Appointments / Movers & Shakers No Comments Email Email

International bestselling author Jeffrey Archer has lent his support to Visit Somerset to help promote the county around the world.

The prolific scribe, whose hits include Kane and Abel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less and The Clifton Chronicles, has strong links with the county.

He grew up in Weston-Super-Mare and attended Wellington School before heading to Oxford and beginning his successful writing career.

The Visit Somerset team, the Official Destination Management Organisation for the county, said they could not think of a better ambassador for Somerset.

Chief Executive Officer John Turner said; “We are thrilled that Lord Jeffrey Archer has agreed to become an ambassador for Visit Somerset.

“Having Jeffrey, such an eminent and prolific author of international standing, as a Visit Somerset ambassador, is going to give a huge boost to the marketing efforts of the Somerset region.

“We will follow up with Jeffrey and his team early in the New Year, establishing how we will work together to support Somerset’s marketing efforts, whilst developing other exciting opportunities for the millions of Jeffrey Archer fans that engage with us through our digital media communications.

“A truly proud moment for us all and a huge thank you must go to Jeffrey for accepting and supporting our request with such passion and energy.”

Lord Archer has always had a soft spot for the county where he spent most of his childhood and has often lent his support to fundraising efforts, including a drive to raise money for a new RNLI station in Birnbeck.

As well as writing numerous books and plays Lord Archer was also Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party from September 1985 until November 1986 and was made a Life Peer in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 1992.

The acclaimed author, who is currently working on his next novel, said: “I am proud to be an ambassador for the greatest county in England.”

His next visit to the county will be to speak at the Weston-super-Mare Literary Festival – “An Evening with Jeffery Archer” – at the Weston Museum on Saturday, February 24.

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