Drake’s School flag flies over County Hall

Posted on: 29 April 2016

A flag designed by Devon primary school children to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta and the 750th anniversary of the de Montfort Parliament, has been raised at County Hall.

Last year Britain’s MPs each selected a school in their constituency to design a flag – and in East Devon, Drake’s School in East Budleigh was chosen.

The aim of the design competition was to introduce children to the concept of representation and parliamentary democracy.

In Devon twelve flags, one from each constituency, were designed but it was Drake’s flag that was eventually chosen to represent the county.

For a week last May, 79 flags, each representing one of the original shires of 13th century Britain, were flown in Parliament Square as the new 2015 parliament sat for the first time following the General Election.

Drake’s flag was also flown at the Magna Carta anniversary event at Runnymede on 15 June 2015, attended by Her Majesty The Queen and the Prime Minister.

The flag’s top blue stripe represents the sky; the red middle stripe represents the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with a green strip reflecting the cliff tops.

A dark blue stripe represents the sea with a yellow strip reflecting a sandy beach. In the middle of the flag is the Geo-needle, which sits on Orcombe Point in Exmouth, the western gateway to the Jurassic Coast.

On Monday the flag was raised at County Hall in a ceremony attended by school children, head teacher of Drake’s School Carron Saunders, the leader of Devon County Council (DCC) Councillor John Hart and DCC’s Chairman and local councillor for East Budleigh, Christine Channon.

Head teacher Carron Saunders, said: “I was so impressed with the design. “For the school to be invited take part in the first place, and then to have the flag chosen to represent the whole of Devon and seeing it flying alongside the others in Parliament Square was an honour.

“When the children were able to articulate their thoughts and put it into the flag made me feel really, really proud.”

Sarah Davie, Deputy Head Teacher and project leader, added: “We talked to the children about what was important to them about East Devon and they picked up things like farming, the sea and the sand, and incorporated it all onto the flag.”

Councillor Christine Channon said: “I think the use of the colours and the Cllr Christine ChannonGeo-needle, as the focal point of the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, is very clever. I am hugely impressed.”

Councillor John Hart said: “They have done an excellent job in designing a flag which Councillor John Hartrepresents Devon. This project was intended to enable children to learn about their democratic heritage and the importance of parliamentary democracy.

“After speaking to them today it’s clear they have found a new understanding and appreciation of the importance of Magna Carta and the importance of parliamentary democracy.”

Posted in: Community | Education