Gordon pupils’ flag is fluttering over London landmark

Flag designed by pupils in from Gordon Primary will be flying in Parliment Square this week representing Berwickshire.''The House of Common's 2015 Flag Project, aims to introduce children to the concept of representation, has seen pupils from 80 schools across the UK design a flag that represents their historic county area.
Flag designed by pupils in from Gordon Primary will be flying in Parliment Square this week representing Berwickshire.''The House of Common's 2015 Flag Project, aims to introduce children to the concept of representation, has seen pupils from 80 schools across the UK design a flag that represents their historic county area.

Pupils from Gordon Primary School have been enjoying flying the flag for their town over on e of London’s most famous sights.

Flags designed by pupils from across the south of Scotland and Cumbria can be seen fluttering above London’s Parliament Square this week.

The efforts of the keen young vexillologists came about as part of the House of Common’s 2015 Flag Project.

The project is aimed at introducing children to the concept of representation, and saw Gordon’s schoolchildren join their peers from 80 schools across the UK designing a flag that represents their historic county area.

The flag was thought up by the school’s P6 and P7 pupils under the supervision of mrs Lochhead.

“They came up with ideas of things that were important about Berwickshire that they wanted to get in,” she said.

“That’s why there is a stencil of Greenknowe Tower, to represent the area’s historical buildings, music, sheaves of wheat to represent farming and a fish to signify the importance of the Tweed and the coast. Once they had come up with that, a smaller group of children got together to create the flag as it looks now. We thought that was that. We knew it was on website somewhere, but we thought nothing more of it.

“So it was a great surprise to find out that the flag was flying in London. The children really were very excited about it.”

The display of flags in Parliament Square was made possible with support from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The project forms part of the Houses of Parliament’s programme, Parliament in the Making, commemorating two anniversaries in 2015: 750 years since the Simon de Montfort parliament and 800 years since the sealing of the Magna Carta.