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|Title:||Students fly the Flag|
|Author:||Doncaster College |
|ID & Publication:||20130911044 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Community News |
Doncaster College media students faced the T.V. cameras, as the centre of attention, at an unveiling of a flag in memory of 89 miners who lost their lives at a local colliery.
The flag, designed by the students, and dedicated to the miners of Markham Main Colliery, Armthorpe, was raised at a ceremony in the Miners' Memorial Garden last Sunday, by Doncaster Central MP and former cabinet minister Rosie Winterton and former miner Dennis Knowles.
In front of a packed audience, Mr Knowles, organiser of the memorial group, described how the project began, ‘We have been doing a lot at the memorial garden and I was down there when I thought we could really do with a flag to remember the miners. I was already in touch with Doncaster College so I asked them for their help. We believe that this is the only flag of its kind in the world, and we have already had interest from abroad, particularly the United States.’
Roger Holgate, Lecturer at the College said, ‘In response to the brief received from the miners in Armthorpe, first year students from the Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production (Interactive Media) set about producing a range of digital, concept designs for consideration.
Working closely with the clients, they finally produced a striking and distinctive piece of artwork, which, it is hoped, will be adopted by mining groups all over the world.’
The handmade flag, which was created by a team of Visual Arts staff at the College, attracted the attention of both local and national media.
Students Daniella Houghton,17, and Andrew Essex,18, who were involved in the successful design, attended the emotional occasion and were given a heartfelt round of applause by the many relatives and descendents of the lost miners.
Daniella said, ‘This was a really emotional experience and it showed just how much our work means to people.’
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