A new flag made by children and young people from Scotch Street Youth Club (SYYC), depicting the group’s cross-community ethos, has been unfurled.
The patchwork project was completed during the recent summer scheme and was led by Norah McCorry from Blue Thimble Crafts, with youth club members contributing ideas and handiwork.
The club, which has recently moved into new premises in Scotch Street, welcomes young people from all traditions and nationalities and was runner-up in the recent ‘Pride of Craigavon’ Awards for contribution to good relations in the borough.
The background of the flag - grass, sky and lake - represents the youth club and environment in which the ‘seeds’ of community relations are sown.
The tree has the trunk of the mighty oak, reflecting the proverb that great things may come from small beginnings.
The apples, representing the Orchard county and the saying ‘Little/wee apples will grow again’, point to the work that Scotch Street Youth Club is doing towards creating a peaceful and inclusive society for all.
The foliage of the tree is an outline of Northern Ireland and the apples depict flags from various countries, showing that neither sectarianism nor racism has a place in SSYC.
All the younger children and young people were asked to draw and then cut out, in textiles, something that they wanted to have on the flag and the result was a colourful mix of animals and flowers.
The row of young people holding hands is an aspiration for the future – a united community of young people facing a bright future.
Youth club leader Gordon Woolsey thanked Norah for her hard work and dedication, as well as all the leaders, volunteers and young people “for their drive and determination to make cross-community work in our club and area”.