Penkhull flag crowned champion of the world after Twitter competition win


It’s official. Penkhull is the proud owner of a world champion flag.

The Stoke-on-Trent village’s flag was declared victorious this morning after competing in the Flag Institute’s World Series of Flags 2020 competition on Twitter.

Penkhull took home 51 per cent of the vote, narrowly beating out the runner-up – the flag of Tiree, an island in the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland.

The popular Twitter poll tournament has seen towns and cities from across the UK, Ireland, France and America take part, before Penkhull took the crown.

The Penkhull flag

The village beat off competition from Dun Laoghaire in Ireland, another Scottish island in South Uist, St Louis in the USA and Bloxwich, near Walsall, to make it to the final.

Communities in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire rallied round to vote Penkhull to victory.

The Penkhull flag was designed from a village competition and chosen by public vote just two years ago. It flies proudly from the flagpole in the centre of the village.

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The green represents its village-like qualities within the city while the saltire represents the crossroads at the centre, around which the village has grown.

The blue oval stands for the Potteries classic Spode Italian tableware – Josiah Spode having lived in Penkhull with his pottery works down the road in Stoke – and finally the cockerel symbolises the weather vane atop St Thomas’ Church steeple.

Penkhull beat the flag of Tiree to win the World Series of Flags 2020

Antony Bradshaw, Penkhull Flag’s team manager, said “After a series that has involved seven nations it seems fitting that the final of a community flag competition should be between a small village and a small island.

“Both of us have a wide following and in Penkhull, with a population of only 6,000, we will certainly be relying once again on our friends around the City of Stoke-on-Trent and beyond.

“Penkhull is the only flag in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to be registered with the UK’s Flag Institute, so every vote for the Penkhull flag is a vote for our part of the world.”

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