25th September 2018
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Care Day flag raised at Town Hall

A new flag was raised above Lerwick Town Hall on Friday in support of Care Day 2018 – a national celebration of children and young people with care experience.

This includes children and young people cared for by parents or family members with the support of social workers; by foster carers; or in children’s homes and residential units.

The flag has been specially created to recognise the journey of young people in Shetland who have experienced care, and depicts the northern lights, an orca and the lighthouses of Muckle Flugga and Sumburgh Head.

The lighthouses are included to represent beacons of light to help care experienced young people to navigate safely, while the orca represents their strength, and the Northern Lights light up the sky as a representation of their skills, talents, hopes and dreams.

With the new Care Day flag, (left to right) Councillor Theo Smith, vice chairman, education & families committee; Sian Wild, Who Cares? Scotland, advocacy and participation worker, Shetland; Lauren Young, Aylesha Martin, Aydon Robertson and George Smith, chairman of education & families committee. Photo: SIC

 

The flag was designed by artist Stephen Davis and graphic designer Linsey Nicolson, from an original concept by local young people.

Five children’s rights charities across the UK and Ireland, including Who Cares? Scotland, have recognised Care Day. Their collective wish is that children and young people are able to thrive and achieve their dreams.

Councillor George Smith, chairman of the SIC education and families committee, said: “I am very pleased to see this flag, designed by young people, flying at the town hall today.

“Shetland Islands Council takes its responsibilities to children and young people who experience care very seriously. It’s appropriate that we join the national Care Day celebration to show our support for them and their aspirations.”

2 comments

  1. Geoff Bailey

    I’m disappointed that the Town Hall doesn’t fly the Shetland flag on a regular daily bases when the Lord Lieutenant’s recommended flag flying days list is adhered to. The town Hall looks forlorn on the new Victoria Pier webcam with no flag flying from the main flag mast.

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  2. Peter Hamilton

    Well Geoff, the Shetland flag is a relatively recent add-on so perhaps seeing it flown more often from the Town Hall depends on what kind of Shetland the Shetland flag is seen as standing for: backward-looking, narrowminded and chauvinist, as some in Shetland regrettably have been at times, or outwards looking, inclusive and bighearted, as much of Shetland happily is.

    We are only just into this millennium but it sometimes feels like flags are a bit last century. There was a rather fetching one adopted ten years after the end of the Second World War though. It had twelve yellow stars in a circle on a blue background standing for unity, solidarty and harmony amongst the peoples of Europe. This seemed to be a good idea for a while.

    Those who like to appreciate Shetland’s links with Norway – a nation largely at ease with its flag – might take heart from what the outwards looking, bighearted and inclusive King of Norway said on National Day 2016: https://www.thelocal.no/20160902/see-the-norwegian-kings-amazing-speech-on-diversity-and-acceptance

    The Care Day flag is beautifully conceived and celebrates something all can hopefully support. I wonder what a Shetland flag would look like if designed by young people.

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