Flying the flag for Birmingham

By on 19/01/2015 in Culture, News

If you want to fly the flag for Birmingham, you’ll soon have the chance to fly it and even design it, thanks to a competition being launched this week.

Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Leddy, chair of the Birmingham Flag Project Team, said: “You may well think that Birmingham already has a flag, but this isn’t the case as the flag flying over the Council House belongs to the council and no one is allowed to fly it without the council’s permission.

“I believe that a Flag for Birmingham will instil civic pride, allow Brummies to express pride in our community, celebrate our heritage and culture and raise greater recognition and awareness of Birmingham nationwide.  That’s why I’m launching a competition to create a people’s flag for Birmingham.â€

The ‘People’s Flag for Birmingham’ competition is free to enter and open to all.  Whether you are young or old, amateur or professional, an individual or a group your design will be judged impartially and purely on merit, irrespective of artistic ability.  School children will have exactly the same chance as experienced designers.

The deadline for entries is 31 March.  Judges will then draw up a shortlist of five designs to put forward to a public vote from 11 May till 28 June.  The winner will be announced week commencing 13July and they will be presented with the first flag.  This will then be registered as the official flag for Birmingham and will be free for anyone to use from that point on.

Entry forms along with hints and design guidelines are available on the Birmingham City Council website at


For further media information contact Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 4476

Notes to Editors

  • Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Leddy is chair of the Birmingham Flag Project Team and is meeting the cost of the competition personally.
  • Full details of the competition can be found at
  • The deadline for entries is 31 March 2015 and voting will take place from 11 May till 28 June 2015.
  • The winner will be announced week commencing 13 July 2015.

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