Fly­ing

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By ELIS SAND­FORD

THE city of Coven­try has now got its very own flag.

It will now fly high across the city in the build up to the 2021 year as UK City of Cul­ture, and beyond.

On the first an­niver­sary of Coven­try be­ing awarded that ti­tle, the flag has been un­veiled, and it show­cases two hugely im­por­tant parts of the city’s his­tory.

Front and cen­tre is Lady Go­diva, an iconic part of Coven­try’s long his­tory.

Edg­ing the flag is two blocks of sky blue, the colour which rep­re­sents Coven­try City Foot­ball Club.

The flag was cho­sen after a com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by the BBC.

Launched by BBC Coven­try and War­wick­shire’s Vic Minett, the com­pe­ti­tion was whit­tled down to six fi­nal de­signs - as cho­sen by a judg­ing panel of Lord Mayor John Blun­dell, Jac­qui Ib­bot­son from the City of Cul­ture Trust and Phillip Tib­bets, from the UK Flag In­sti­tute.

The pub­lic then voted for their favourite of the fi­nal­ists, and the win­ning de­sign came cour­tesy of Si­mon Wy­att of Hat­ton.

De­signs from Alex Chetwynd of Nuneaton, Ian Sil­vera of Coundon, David Ri­d­ley of Rad­ford, El­liott Hawkins of Al­der­mans Green, Luke Carvill of Stoke and Rob Yeo of Tile Hill were run­ners up.

Their de­signs fea­ture var­i­ous im­age in­clud­ing a phoenix ris­ing from the flames, Coven­try’s three spires, an ele­phant, Lady Go­diva, a cog as a sym­bol of in­dus­try and one with black and white checks to rep­re­sent two tone mu­sic.

Four of the fi­nal­ists chose sky blue and two the civic colours of red and green.

Vic Minett said: “Ever since I launched the com­pe­ti­tion to find a flag for Coven­try, I’ve been ex­cited to see how peo­ple in my amaz­ing city would want to be rep­re­sented.

“We were over­whelmed not just by the num­ber of en­tries but by the qual­ity and which­ever flag won, I was sure we would have a sym­bol to be proud of.

“As a Cov kid, I’m gen­uinely thrilled by the win­ner; the en­dur­ing sym­bol of Go­diva on horse­back is recog­nis­able well beyond the city, even the UK.

“When they see that flag any­one around the world will say: That is Coven­try.”

Phillip Tib­betts from the UK Flag In­sti­tute said: “The va­ri­ety was very im­pres­sive - rang­ing from me­di­ae­val sym­bols to twotone mu­sic.

The fi­nal­ists re­ally showed the depth and rich­ness of Coven­try’s his­tory as well as the cre­ativ­ity and pas­sion of its ci­ti­zens.

As a Cov kid, I’m gen­uinely thrilled by the win­ner...when they see that flag any­one around the world will say: That is Coven­try “These fi­nal­ists are a great tes­ta­ment to the high stan­dard of en­tries re­ceived; choos­ing be­tween them put me to the test.”

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