Congratulations to Ysgol Gymraeg Ffwrnes whose flag representing Carmarthenshire is one of 80 flags on display in Parliament Square in this, the week that the new Parliament starts. 20,000 children from more than 450 schools have submitted 500 flag designs as part of the 2015 Flag Project.2015 is an important year for Parliament as we commemorate the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta and the 750th Anniversary of the Montfort parliament (1265).
Hannah and Livvy produced the winning design for Ysgol Gymraeg Ffwrnes, and I am sure that everyone in Llanelli will recognise the saucepan on the flag. Explaining their flag, the pupils from Ysgol Gymraeg Ffwrnes said:
“Our design was inspired by the historical, industrial and sporting factors that have made Llanelli into the area we know and love today. Llanelli was once known worldwide for its thriving industry, particularly tin which in turn was made into items such as saucepans, gaining the town its nickname TINOPOLIS. Today you can still see saucepans on THE SCARLETS rugby posts. Surrounding the town you will find green fields, and hills gently sloping down to the Millennium Coastal Path where you will find miles of golden sands with stunning views over to the Gower and beyond. Around 100 children from years 3-6 worked in groups of 3-5 pupils and we narrowed the designs and decided that this entry encompassed the history and beauty of this special part of South Wales. In the flag you will find… rugby posts, a saucepan, red to show the Welsh/Scarlets colours, green for the hills and fields, blue for the sea and yellow for the golden coastline.”