Birmingham’s Community Flag revealed

By on 23/07/2015 in Lord Mayor, News
The new Birmingham Community Flag

The new Birmingham Community Flag

After six weeks of voting, the people have decided – the winning flag was designed by 10 year old Thomas Keogh and David Smith.

Cllr Mike Leddy, chair of the Birmingham Flag Project Team, said: “We had 470 entries for this competition and shortlisted six designs.  After six weeks of voting, we can now reveal that the winning design, with 3,697 votes and a clear majority, was created by 11 year old Thomas Keogh and David Smith and I congratulate them both.

“I hope this flag will help to instil civic pride in this wonderful city.  The flag design is now registered and is available online for anyone to download for free.”

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Winning design-

  • Information about the flag – From the hoist issue two blue triangles, which together act as an abstract representation of the letter B, recalling the name of the city, the colour blue representing Birmingham’s importance in the national canal network. This is bordered by a golden zig-zag shape, similarly forming an abstract vertical letter M. This symbolises the Roman letter for 1000 and in turn Birmingham’s sobriquet as ‘the City of a thousand trades’, the zig-zag shape also represents closed locks on a canal, positioned next to the colour blue . The overall arrangement of the zig-zag and colours serves to represent the historic arms of the de Birmingham family and current city council. In the centre of the design is charged a golden bulls head for the Bull Ring market which stands at the geographic, economic and historic heart of the city.
  • Link to British flag makers registered with The Flag Institute –                                                                      
  • The public vote took place from 11 May – 28 June

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