A flag, designed by children from a school in Kirkby to represent Nottinghamshire, is flying high at Westminster this week.
Abbey Hill Primary and Nursery School’s flag is one of 80 chosen from designs by youngsters across the country as part of the 2015 Flag Project, run by the Houses Of Parliament.
The designs, which are flying in Parliament Square until Friday, stem from an educational journey undertaken by children at 450 primary schools to discover the importance of elected representation in the UK Parliament.
The project was developed to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the parliament created in 1265 by nobleman Simon de Montfort, who was the instigator of the democracy we see today in the House Of Commons, and the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.
Schools in every Parliamentary constituency, including Ashfield, were asked to create a flag that represents their area or community. And Abbey Hill topped the poll with a traditional-looking flag inspired by Robin Hood.
Year-five pupils Ewan Gore, Jake Bramall, Cady Cullen and Kristina Zeilissa designed the flag, which focuses on Robin Hood’s cap. It features colours that reflect the area’s surroundings -- blue for the lake at Rufford Country Park, green and brown for the trees at Sherwood Forest and yellow, red and purple for the sunset over Kirkby.
“We are extremely proud and excited that our flag has been chosen to represent Nottinghamshire,” said Lesley Amatt, a teacher at the Abbey Road school. “During art lessons, the children used Andy Warhol’s style to create their own images, so this influenced the design of the flag.”
The Parliament Square flagpoles are usually reserved to mark royal occasions, state visits or military events.