School pupil’s flag design to fly over Kirklees town halls

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A flag designed by an 11-year-old school pupil will fly proudly over Kirklees town halls as we mark Covid Memorial Day.

Bethany Cookson, from Moorlands Primary School in Huddersfield, created the design as part of a district-wide competition and has now seen her colourful picture made into a real flag.

How many schools took part?

All schools across Kirklees were invited to design a Covid Memorial Day flag – also known as the National Day of Reflection. The winner was chosen by Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Nigel Patrick.

Bethany’s flag will fly over the town halls of Batley, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury and Huddersfield on March 23 when we join the rest of the country in remembering those we have lost to Covid-19. Reflecting on the sacrifices we’ve all made, thanking the heroes of the pandemic and celebrating the togetherness we have shown throughout.  

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Bethany’s winning covid memorial day flag design

Explaining her fantastic design, Bethany said:

“I thought the world with a mask on it showed not just our struggles and people’s struggles, but everyone’s struggles.”

Describing how she felt about her design being chosen as the winner, Bethany added:

“It was quite surreal because I didn’t think it was that good. I saw so many other great ones. It’s quite crazy.”

Becky Freeman, deputy head teacher of Moorlands Primary School, said:

“The children are very proud of winning the competition for the Covid Memorial flag. They really embraced the inter-school competition and we had hundreds of entries. We’re just really proud that we won.”

Cllr Nigel Patrick, Mayor of Kirklees, said:

“School children were asked to design a flag to mark Covid Memorial Day and I was asked to choose a flag from lots of wonderful designs. 

“It was a difficult decision, but in the end I chose a flag designed by Bethany from Moorlands Primary School, and I was very pleased to visit their school to announce the result of the competition that will see their flag fly from town halls throughout Kirklees.”

Marking Covid Memorial Day

To mark Covid Memorial Day, the council has worked with residents across the whole borough to create a video entitled “Our Covid-19 journey: People of Kirklees”. 

The video – just one way that Covid Memorial Day will be respected – features residents from across Kirklees who share their experiences, struggles and emotions as they reflect on the pandemic and its impact on them. 

When will the video go live?

8 am, Wednesday 23 March, the video will go on Kirklees Council’s YouTube Channel and will be shared on Facebook and Twitter.