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[Flag of Coventry] image located by John Moody, 8 December 2018

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About the Flag

The city of Coventry has now got its very own flag. It will now fly high across the city in the build up to the 2021 year as UK City of Culture, and beyond.

On the first anniversary of Coventry being awarded that title, the flag has been unveiled, and it showcases two hugely important parts of the city's history. Front and centre is Lady Godiva, an iconic part of Coventry's long history. Edging the flag is two blocks of sky blue, the colour which represents Coventry City Football Club.

The flag was chosen after a competition organised by the BBC. Launched by BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's Vic Minett, the competition was whittled down to six final designs - as chosen by a judging panel of Lord Mayor John Blundell, Jacqui Ibbotson from the City of Culture Trust and Phillip Tibbets, from the UK Flag Institute. The public then voted for their favourite of the finalists, and the winning design came courtesy of Simon Wyatt of Hatton. Designs from Alex Chetwynd of Nuneaton, Ian Silvera of Coundon, David Ridley of Radford, Elliott Hawkins of Aldermans Green, Luke Carvill of Stoke and Rob Yeo of Tile Hill were runners up. Their designs feature various image including a phoenix rising from the flames, Coventry's three spires, an elephant, Lady Godiva, a cog as a symbol of industry AND one with black and white checks to represent two tone music. Four of the finalists chose sky blue and two the civic colours of red and green.

The flag can be seen at the Coventry Telegraph.
John Moody, 8 December 2018