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📰 Southampton Flag design competition

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In July 2017 the Leader of Southampton City Council, Councillor Simon Letts, launched an official flag design competition with school children across the city. Children were tasked with designing a community flag that represents the city’s heritage, diversity and unique character. The flag will be added to the Flag Institute’s UK Flag Registry and become a recognisable symbol of the city of Southampton. It will be freely available to businesses, residents and souvenir manufacturers to use and show their pride in Southampton.
Councillor Letts said: “We’ve received so many amazing and creative flag designs from children across the city and it’s been very exciting, but incredibly difficult to choose winners from each age category. It’s now up to Southampton’s residents to have their say and choose a flag that will allow us to express pride in our community, celebrate our heritage and culture and raise greater recognition and awareness nationwide.’
Six flag designs have being chosen from over five hundred designs, entered from school children across Southampton, aged between five and sixteen years of age. View the designs here > 

Councillor Simon Letts is now inviting the residents of Southampton to have their say and choose the final design from the five shortlisted. 
To be able to vote for your favourite flag design please sign up to the council’s *‘People’s Panel’ before the 28 September, where you will be given 2 weeks to cast your ballot on which flags best represents the city. To join the People's Panel click here >
Alternatively you can vote by post your vote  by printing out the flag of your choice and sending it to Simon Letts (Flags), Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY or drop off in person to the Civic Centre main reception.The closing date for voting will be 13 October.
*The People's Panel is a group of residents who take part in surveys and other opportunities to express their views on council services, health services and living in the city. It is a good opportunity to influence how services are delivered, highlight issues, and help shape public services in your community. Run by Southampton City Council and with support from the University of Southampton, the People's Panel has been active since 2015 and the results from our surveys have been used to inform a number of decisions and service changes.
Lucy Marter-Hausen from Ludlow Junior School, who won the age 8-9 category said: ‘I'm really happy that I won the prize for my age group as it was so fun to take part! I thought of all the ideas from the places that I've visited and my dad telling me fun things about them. When I was designing it, it was quite hard to think about what to include, but I finally chose the Civic Centre, the Docks and the local areas in Southampton.’
The winner will be announced in the Southern Daily Echo - Get voting now! 
The closing date for voting will be 13 October.