As part of our work with the UK Parliament to create the fantastic Parliament Square display for the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, we are showcasing each of the flags created by school children from throughout the country. This flag design comes from Kilbowie Primary School, Dunbartonshire.
Position: 58 (See Parliament Square map)
Photo of flag flying © Flagmakers.
“We picked the Saltire as our background because West Dunbartonshire is rich in Scottish history; William Wallace, Robert the Bmce, Mary Queen of Scots and Rob Roy McGregor all have links with this area. Dumbarton was the ancient capital of Strathclyde, an area that dominated the west of Lower Scotland, Cumbria and some of Northern England and Wales from 900AD-1100 AD.
With this in mind we incorporated what many believe to be the ancient Strathclyde banner – a yellow background with a red x shaped cross. This red x shaped cross is also the cross of St Patrick, he too has strong links with West Dunbartonshire, especially Old Kilpatrick and the Kilpatrick Hills.
We also like to think of the red as symbolic of industry in the local area, represented by the Turkey Red factory in the Vale of Leven. It is also symbolic of the Clydebank Blitz and a lasting memorial to those who lost their lives. Ben, Kyle, Rachel, Leah, Ellie”