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Elsie to fly the flag at Magna Carta celebrations

Elsie to fly the flag at Magna Carta celebrations Elsie to fly the flag at Magna Carta celebrations
Elsie Simpson with her winning design
Updated: 9:55 am, May 31, 2015

A FLAG designed by a pupil at Webheath First School Academy flew proudly at the Houses of Parliament last week.

The event was the culmination of the 2015 Flag Project which aimed to connect young people with the democratic process and the UK’s parliamentary heritage.

Webheath’s flag, which was also chosen to represent all of Worcestershire, was one of 80 made from designs prepared by primary school children from across the UK and flew in Parliament Square from May 18-22 18.

The flags stem from an educational journey undertaken by children in over 450 primary schools to discover the importance of elected representation in the UK Parliament – a project developed to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the Simon de Montfort parliament of 1265.

The winning design was created by Year 1 pupil, Elsie Simpson and was designed to represent Redditch.

The cloverleaf represents the iconic cloverleaf interchange, the river and arrow represents the River Arrow while the crossed needles represent Redditch’s links to the needle making industry.

In addition, as part of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta celebrations at Runnymede on June 15, the National Trust and Surrey County Council will also be flying the school’s flag at their Magna Carta Foundation of Liberty event.

They hope to place the flags (all 6ft x 3ft) along the route that the royal party, including HRH Her Majesty the Queen, will be passing through as they attend the event.