SCHOOLS across the borough have been contributing to the Tamworth in Bloom celebrations by designing their own ‘Mercian 10 – the Heart of England’s Infantry’ themed banners.
Pupils have complemented the work going on in the town over the past few months by entering a school competition. The winning banners were displayed proudly in the town during the ‘in Bloom’ judging day and other events celebrating the Mercian Regiment’s 10th Anniversary.
It has recently been revealed that Tamworth has successfully received a GOLD award for the eighth year in a row in the Heart of England in Bloom competition. The borough’s accolade in the ‘Small City’ category was revealed at a ceremony at Warwick Castle on the evening of September 14, where Tamworth also picked up two additional special awards for the community cabinet.
Birds Bush Primary School, Flaxhill Junior School and Hanbury’s Farm Community School are the winning schools that now have their banners on show at Tamworth Library.
Each school that entered was given a length of calico canvas by the in Bloom committee measuring one metre by five metres in size, to be painted or drawn on with waterproof materials. Pupils could decorate it with images, words, symbols or flowers. Green, red and buff are the regimental colours and their symbol is a crowned double headed eagle; as shown on the Mercian Crest floral display on Moor Street traffic island at the end of Lichfield Street.
The regiment was first formed on 1st September 2007 at Tamworth Castle Grounds in the presence of The Colonel in Chief, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The Mercian Regiment is the Heart of England’s Infantry making them one of the most experienced regiments in the British Army.
Tamworth in Bloom Champion, Cllr Joy Goodall, said: “It is exciting to see schools being involved with the ‘in Bloom’ work and celebrations of the Mercian Regiment.
“Mercian soldiers are renowned for their professionalism and courage, which is another reason for Tamworth to be very proud to display the pupils’ banner tributes. Residents and visitors to the town have been treated with such amazing floral displays and I’m sure will be delighted to view the school banners, on display in the library throughout September and October.”
A spokesperson for Hanbury’s Farm Primary School said: “Children of all ages have really enjoyed coming together as a school to create the banner in order to remember our brave and heroic soldiers.”
A spokesperson for Flaxhill School said: “Pupils thoroughly enjoyed completing the project. It was lovely to see how much pride they took in their work as well as the attention to detail they displayed while producing the banners. I know they were really enthused to be able to showcase their talents with the wider community.”