Totternhoe pupils flying the flag high to celebrate democracy

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Youngsters from Totternhoe Lower School have been flying the flag for the borough.

The Year 4 pupils designed a flag to represent the South-West Bedfordshire constituency as part of a scheme to introduce children to the concept of representation.

As part of the 2015 Flag Project, the pupils designed a purple and green flag depicting a lion for Whipsnade Zoo, the hills of Dunstable Downs, a glider and a butterfly. It was one of 80 flags flying in Parliament Square last week.

Jonathan Parsons, the renowned flag artist commissioned as the creative lead on the project, said: “The 2015 Flag Project demonstrates not just the wonderful creativity and imagination of all the participants, but also affords a genuinely unique child’s-eye view of the entire UK in 2015.

“Through their flag designs the children have represented their local identities in a variety of imaginative ways. They have drawn upon the natural environment of their area, or its myths, legends and history. Often, they have shown a local trade or industry.

“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.”

David Natzler, Clerk of the House of Commons, said: “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.”