Bid to design Hucknall’s first town flag

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AN INVENTIVE Hucknall man has come up with the perfect way to fly the flag for the town — literally.

For Martin Shepherd is launching a flag-design competition to create Hucknall’s first-ever pennant.

Mr Shepherd (22), of Rockley Close, was inspired to set up the initiative after hearing about a competition to design a flag for Nottinghamshire.

He said: “It came to my attention that even after centuries of history, Hucknall doesn’t have its own flag.

“I decided to do something about this and set up the competition.”

Residents now have the opportunity to come up with their own ideas for the flag.

Schools have been contacted and asked to encourage youngsters to take part.

Designs can be submitted by e-mail to enter@hucknall-flag.tk or can be dropped off in an entry box at Hucknall Library.

Those taking part are asked to include their name, age, address and a telephone number.

The closing date for entries is Sunday July 24.

Once all the designs are received, they will be scanned on to the website www.Hucknall-Flag.uk where the public will be able to vote for their favourite.

The winning entry will be professionally made and registered with the Flag Institute.

Discussions will then take place with Ashfield District Council with a view to the flag being put up on Hucknall Market Place.

Mr Shepherd’s project this week received full backing from Coun John Wilmott (Lab), of Hucknall, who is deputy leader of Ashfield Council. He said: “I would be all for Hucknall having its own flag.

“This is clearly a very new initiative and I am only too happy to see and back something that promotes the town and preserves its individual identity.

“People will come on board with this, I’m sure.

“It is absolutely fantastic that Mr Shepherd is planning to involve the local schools.

“I will speak to him and see if there is anything I or the council can do to support him and help push this initiative forward.”

HUCKNALL does have its own historic crest, which dates back many years to when the town was known as Hucknall Torkard. It is pictured above.