The Launch of Willenhall Flag
14th June 2014
Willenhall now has its own flag, its own identity, and a town that will literally fly the flag!!
The winning design came from Adam Leonard, who said, “Hi, my name is Adam and I am from Ashmore Park. I currently work at Middleton Foods as Quality Control. I feel very proud to have my design as Willenhall’s new flag. Putting Willenhall back on the map with a flag to represent is a huge achievement; and I hope it’ll bring the community together.”
Adam was one of over 70 designs and shortlisted to 6 designs by a panel of judges which then went to the public vote.
The Flag was unveiled at this year Willenhall Carnival & launched by Glyn Marston and had this to say,
“I am so overwhelmed with pride to have been asked to launch the flag for Willenhall. The flag is a symbol of the community of Willenhall coming together and making things happen for the town. Today was a momentous occasion for Willenhall and I am really honoured to be part of the event. Willenhall folk are great folk and we deserve a flag to showcase our pride.”
Adam also received £100 prize money, kindly donated by The Royal George Pub Willenhall.
Kalie Plant of Willenhall Aye.co.uk, organisers of the competition said “I truly hope that this is the starting point of putting Willenhall back on the map! Willenhall is a great town and all it needs is some TLC and support from local folk. It’s been a tough few months but Willenhall will be flying that flag high!
I would like to thank everyone who took time out to make this happen, from the schools that entered to the entries from overseas. Huge thanks to our Flag Sponsors, Poundland and of course the judges – who had the hard task of making that shortlist and lastly the public who came out and made their vote count. Special thanks to The Royal George Pub who has donated a prize of £100 to the winning design and everybody else who has been involved in the project and especially all the Willenhall Folk. Thank you to Willenhall Carnival for allowing the launch to take place – right in the heart of our annual community event. Well Done everyone”
Philip Tibbetts, Communities Vexillologist, Flag Institute Advisor, Parliamentary Flags & Heraldry Committee said,
“The Willenhall flag competition brought to the fore the best of the towns pride and creativity for the whole country to see. This made the competition particularly strong and guaranteed that the town would have a particularly attractive flag, which has been proved with the unveiling of this design – which I can confirm has been added to the UK Flag Registry. As a Black Countryman myself I know that ours has always been a proud area, further defined by the sense of identity that each community has had in itself. As such it is will be only fitting for the Willenhall and Black Country flags to fly together in future, side by side.”
Willenhall Flags will be available and we look forward to seeing them ‘Fly for Willenhall’