Downham Market flies a flag for London 2012 Olympics

Stow Bardolph pupil creates design for Downham High School pupils to make for summer games

Downham Market will be flying the flag for the Olympics thanks to the artistic skill of a school pupil and the textile work of students.

A competition was run for young designers to come up with a flag which can be hoisted in the town on April 7 and remain flying until London 2012 closes.

Lilly Skeels, 11, of Downham Prep School, in Stow Bardolph, has designed the flag which is being made by Downham High School students Nikkita Palmer and Emma Smith. They are working with textiles teacher Cheryl Syrett to bring Lilly's creation to life.

'It is a symbol of Downham's enthusiasm for the games and heads up a series of events that will see the community getting a touch of the Olympic experience as well as developing a healthy lifestyle,' said the town's sports co-ordinator Frances Rayner.

The town council is organising a range of free events and displays on April 7, including zumba, ladies football and disco fit, and the flag will be raised at 1.30pm.

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