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Flags created by Lincolnshire communities go on display at county show today

By Peter Gudde

The flags on display outside the newly re-opened Lincoln Castle before heading to the county show today.
The flags on display outside the newly re-opened Lincoln Castle before heading to the county show today.

A series of flags designed to celebrate the communities who created them will go on display at the Lincolnshire Show today, Wednesday June 24.

The 20 flags were paraded through the city as part of the Magna Carta 800 celebrations and are now heading off to the county’s biggest annual event.

Two artists, working with residents from around the county, created the designs to celebrate the heritage culture and people of Lincolnshire.

The flags combine motifs, symbols and iconic images from around the county – with the RAF, agriculture, flowers, horse racing, the sea, the Pilgrim Fathers and freedom among the most prominent themes.

Now the banners will be on show at the stands of Lincolnshire Co-op (Row B) and Lincolnshire County Council at the county show this week.

They will arrive from Lincoln Castle, where they have been exhibited since the Great Magna Carta Weekend, and will return to the castle for the rest of the summer, before being sent to their “home towns” for permanent display.

Two professional artists, Jason Wilsher-Mills and Chris Searson, worked with groups of residents from Lincoln, Market Rasen, Sleaford, Gainsborough, Louth, Horncastle, Boston, Long Sutton and Spalding to design the flags.

The project, called Radiating Signals, is a partnership between Lincolnshire Co-op, Lincolnshire County Council and Lincoln-based arts company cultural solutions UK.

Cllr Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture and Heritage at the council, said: “Radiating Signals was a way of getting people around the county involved in the Magna Carta celebrations. I’m sure visitors to the show will be impressed by the end result.”

“The show will be a great opportunity for everyone to see the flags that have been created by their own community for their community,” said cultural solutions MD, David Lambert.

“I hope they create a lot of discussions and debate because that is one of the aim of the project, to get people thinking about what makes their home village or town special.”


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