Creative Drake's primary pupils fly the flag for Devon

PUBLISHED: 12:30 13 May 2016

A flag designed by pupils from Drake's Primary School was put up at County Hall, Exeter.

A flag designed by pupils from Drake's Primary School was put up at County Hall, Exeter.

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A flag designed by Drake's Primary School children has been raised at County Hall.

Last year, MPs each selected a school in their constituency to design a flag and, in East Devon, the East Budleigh school was chosen.

In Devon, a dozen flags - one from each constituency - were designed, but it was the design by Drake’s pupils that was eventually chosen to represent the county.

The flag was raised in a ceremony attended by schoolchildren, headteacher Carron Saunders and county councillor for East Budleigh, Christine Channon.

Carron 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 - was an honour.

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

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

The flag’s top blue stripe represents the sky; the red middle stripe represents the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site; and a green strip reflects the clifftops. 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.

Drake’s Primary School’s flag was also flown at the Magna Carta anniversary event at Runnymede on June 15, last year, attended by the Queen and the Prime Minister.

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