20 MAY 2015

Flag designed by Monkton Primary School flies in Parliament Square

A flag designed by children from Monkton Primary School has been flying in Parliament Square at the culmination of a unique parliamentary project.

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 House of Commons (Simon de Montfort parliament of 1265).

Between 18 – 22 May, 80 flags designed by primary school children from across the UK flew in public for the first time in Parliament Square – during the same week that the House of Commons meets for the first time after the General Election.

Each flag will be representing historic counties, Monkton School's flag will be representing Pembrokeshire. The result is a fascinating child's eye view of the UK.

Mr Hart said: "I am delighted that Monkton's flag is representing Pembrokeshire and I 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 at Monkton whose excellent work has enabled them to be one of only 80 flats selected out of 500 designs. I congratulate them!"

Speaking at the culmination of Parliament's 2015 Flag Project, David Natzler, Clerk of the House of Commons said today:

"Flags are one of the key ways in which individual and group identities are represented around the world. This makes them a perfect vehicle to encapsulate a project celebrating this year's anniversary of 750 years of political representation in the UK.

"The flags also demonstrate the wonderful creativity and imagination of all the participants who have drawn upon the natural environment of their area, a local trade or industry, myths, legends or history in order to represent their local identities in a variety of highly imaginative ways."

Jonathan Parsons, the renowned flag artist who was the creative lead on the project said:

"I am thrilled to have been involved with a project where children from across the country have been able to learn about their democratic heritage through creative work and secure such a prominent platform for their visual achievements here in Parliament Square- a space usually reserved to mark royal occasions, state visits or military events.

"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."

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