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Pupils’ artwork sets sail

Primary school pupils saw their artwork sailing down the River Thames as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The youngsters from Emmaus Catholic and C of E Primary School created a flag that was displayed on a boat in the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames at the beginning of June.

The artwork was created with the help of Sheffield Hallam University graphic design student Victoria Fedak and included pictures of the White Rose of Yorkshire and steel cutlery.

Year six student Logan Fookes, 10, who was one of the young artists to work on the flag, said: “We worked really hard on it and it was fun to make.”

Victoria said: “I was really impressed by the children’s ideas and enthusiasm. It was easy for me to combine all their fantastic suggestions into the final flag and I couldn’t wait to see it displayed on the boat.”

The flag was displayed on the side of a Nelson 30 boat called Emily, picked as one of the 1,000 boats to take part in the pageant. The boat is owned by Jonathan Hunt, the Deputy Lieutenant of South Yorkshire.

Jonathan said: “It is a privilege to sail in honour of Her Majesty The Queen and this has been a great opportunity to collaborate with a local school to design a really special flag.

“Victoria and the children have worked hard to produce the final design and we proudly flew the flag to represent South Yorkshire.”

The river procession took place on June 3 and started upriver from Battersea Bridge and ended downriver of Tower Bridge.


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