Willenhall is set to have its very own community flag and budding artists and those with a sense of civic pride are being encouraged to submit designs. The flag will be officially registered with the Flag Institute, as community website Willenhall Ay We.co.uk and locally based shopping giant Poundland have teamed up to launch a public competition.
After seeing the recent patriotic display of the Black Country flag in readiness for Black Country Day on July 14th Willenhall Ay We.co.uk were inspired to fly the flag for the town. Poundland jumped at the chance to sponsor the competition and pay for the manufacture of the winning design, whilst the registration of the design itself with the Flag Institute is free.
A town flag will serve as a symbol for the community to rally around, raise awareness and visibility of Willenhall further afield as well as promoting one of the many community heritages that form the patchwork of national identity. By having a competition Willenhall will follow other recent local flag registrations including the Black Country communities of Finchfield and Kingswinford as well as the Black Country itself.
The competition will be open to entrants until the 21st March. Following this a list of judges will be convened to select finalists that will be put to a public vote running between 7th – 26th April. The winner of this vote will then be registered as the Willenhall flag and unveiled at the Willenhall Carnival on the 14th June. To enter the competition entry forms can be found on the Willenhall Ay We.co.uk website: http://willenhallaywe.co.uk/flying-the-flag-for-willenhall/