Flying the flag at House of Commons

Proud pupils flew the flag for Northumberland at the Houses of Parliament as part of a celebration of hundreds of years of democracy.

Coal mining, a passion for football, rivers and beaches were the inspiration for the design by children at The Northumberland Church of England Academy.

The school, which has campuses in Ashington, Lynemouth and Newbiggin, was nominated by Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery to represent his constituency’s identity in Westminster as part of the 2015 Flag Project.

Eighty flags designed by children aged seven to 11 from across the UK flew in Parliament Square for a week to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the House of Commons.

Created in collaboration with Woodhorn Museum, the flag includes the red emblem of the Wansbeck parliament constituency with red reflecting the passion the community has for its heritage.

The blue stripes represent the river Wansbeck, the brown areas symbolise the mining history and yellow the sandy beaches.

Ian Lavery said: “I am delighted that pupils from Wansbeck have been able to contribute to such an important milestone.”

“The design is innovative and captures the essence of what is a vibrant constituency marked by contrast,” he added.

Academy executive director Andrew Day said: “This is an incredible way to engage our children in the history of the nation and the development of their sense of heritage within their own community.”