Bloxwich gets new flag to represent the town
A new official flag for a town has been launched.
The new Bloxwich flag, which uses colours an symbols to reflect the town's history, was unveiled by the mayor of Walsall.
Councillor Marco Longhi unveiled the flag alongside the new Conservative MP for Walsall North Eddie Hughes.
Mr Hughes said: "It is fantastic to be able to fly the flag for Bloxwich. This is a great opportunity now to promote Bloxwich, its people, local business and look forward to the future."
As reported by the Express & Star last year, a competition had been launched to find the best design for the flag.
The winning design came from Julie Hikins who won the competition following a public vote with entries from across Bloxwich.
Andy Spence, the CEO of welding firm WQ-IC, based in Bloxwich, sponsored the event and presented Ms Hikins with a £150 cheque when the flag was unveiled this past Saturday.
Her design, using the colours and symbols, reflect the local history and identity of the area.
The flag features a green and black cross on white with a tree and lion which recall legends and events in the towns past.
The competition was organised by Martin Morris with Bloxwich West councillors Louise Harrison, Matt Follows and Brad Allen. The group hope to display the full range of designs submitted for the competition later in the year.
Councillor Harrison said: "The competition had a fantastic response. We received dozens of entries from residents and schools.
"The community have really enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate our heritage."
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