Pupils’ flag flies high at parliament

Tynewater Primary School P6 pupils Verity Kinch, Eilidh Morton, James Hutton, Erin Hunter & Matteo Morell
Tynewater Primary School P6 pupils Verity Kinch, Eilidh Morton, James Hutton, Erin Hunter & Matteo Morell

A Midlothian flag designed by Tynewater Primary School pupils was recently flown outside the Palace of Westminster.

Eighty flags designed by primary school children from across the UK flew in Parliament Square for a week recently to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the House of Commons, with the Pathhead school’s P5/6 pupils creating a flag to represent their county.

Tynewater Primary School headteacher Douglas Lawson said: “Tynewater Primary School P7 pupils have visited the UK Parliament in London these past five years.

“Our P5 and P6 pupils are due to visit in 2015 and 2016, therefore, it is very significant for our P5/6 pupils to be asked to contribute their design for a flag that symbolizes the constituency of Midlothian, as part of the 750th anniversary, and for their flag to be chosen as one of 80 to be flown in Parliament Square, London.”

Speaking about the project, Owen Thompson (SNP), MP for Midlothian, said: “The 2015 Flag Project has great potential to deliver both a cultural and democratic legacy for the young participants and our community.

“I am delighted that Tynewater Primary School’s flag represented Midlothian and was thrilled to see it flying in such an iconic space to coincide with the sitting of the new parliament.

“We should all feel proud of the achievement of the pupils and staff at Tynewater Primary School whose excellent work has enabled them to be selected out of 500 flags.

“I congratulate them and it was a privilege to visit their flag in person!”

Jonathan Parsons, the flag artist commissioned as the creative lead on the project, said: “The 2015 Flag Project demonstrates not just the wonderful creativity and imagination of all the participants, but also affords a genuinely unique child’s-eye view of the entire UK in 2015.

“Through their flag designs the children have represented their local identities in a variety of imaginative ways. They have drawn upon the natural environment of their area, or its myths, legends and history. Often, they have shown a local trade or industry.

“As an artist, I know that having your creative work validated is very empowering, so I hope that through this ultimate ‘show and tell’ every participant feels this project has given them a degree of influence – something that many children do not possess.”