Historic Lincolnshire flags revealed for Magna Carta celebrations

A new set of flags designed to celebrate the heritage of towns in Lincolnshire for the Magna Carta anniversary has been unveiled.

The project, called Radiating Signals, saw professional artists Jason Wilsher-Mills and Chris Searson work with groups in Lincoln, Market Rasen, Sleaford, Gainsborough, Louth, Horncastle, Boston, Long Sutton and Spalding to create 20 unique banners.

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

Chris said: “It’s been a fascinating process working with local residents to discover the essence of what makes their communities unique and special.

“There’s definitely a strong and positive sense of identity across the county and that makes it a very special place.”

Artist Jason Wilsher-Mills

Artist Jason Wilsher-Mills

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

The flags will visit the towns they originated from, before taking part in the Magna Carta Weekend celebrations across Lincoln city centre in the daytime before being paraded at Lincoln Castle on June 13, where they will be displayed on the castle walls.

They will also be present at the Lincolnshire Show and at Lincoln Castle throughout the summer before returning to their home towns.

David Lambert, cultural solutions MD, said: “We are proud that we have been able to work with local people to create images that will be seen, appreciated and understood by the dozens of unique communities that make up this great county.”

Lincolnshire Co-operative Community Engagement Manager Sam Turner said: “It was fantastic to see so many people turn up to have their say on the flags and we’re proud to have played a part in creating our own flag too.

“This project was particularly unique as it enabled us to bring a piece of the Magna Carta celebrations out to local people in the communities across the whole of the area we trade in.”

Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture and Heritage at the county council, said: “This is a special year for Magna Carta, and we wanted to make sure we marked this historic occasion in a unique way.

“This project was a great opportunity for people around the county to get involved in the celebrations.”