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Black Country Flag Design – Officially Registered

Gracie Sheppard from Stourbridge and her flag

14 July 2012

/media/news/library/Black_Country_Flag_Design_.jpgAfter weeks of work and more than 60 entries, the winner of the Black Country Flag Design was announced on Saturday 14 July and the UK Flag Institute has now confirmed that the design by Gracie Sheppard of Redhill Primary School, Stourbidge as to forever be the official Black Country Flag.

The Parliamentary Flags & Heraldry Committee is encouraging communities and regions to develop their own flags this year to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games – no better time to register a Black Country flag to honour its proud past and bright future. The winning design will be flown at the Black Country Living Museum in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

A total of 66 entries were received in total for the competition and members of the public were asked to cast their vote for the strongest of the six finalists.

The winner was announced on July 14 at the Museum’s Festival of Steam, celebrating 300 years of the Newcomen Steam Engine, as 11 year old Gracie Sheppard from Stourbridge, whose inspiration came from Elihu Burrit, the American Consul to Birmingham when he described the region as “black by day and red by night”. Gracie Said “This was because the local furnaces gave out smoke and grime during the day and glowed at night. That is why my flag background is both black and red, with the chains showing a typical product manufactured in the area. The white symbol in the middle represents the glass cone, which we have had since 1790 representing our glass making heritage.”

The runner up finalists were Redhill School pupils Aimee Potter and Marnie Bond; Samuel Bhella from St Stephen’s CofE Primary School in Wolverhampton; Rozwan Jamil from Smethwick’s Shireland Collegiate Academy; and Michelle Inston from Wolverhampton.

Andrew Lovett, The Director at the Black Country Living Museum said “this design will wave the banner for the region’s unique identity, and its rich and diverse heritage”.

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