Flagging up Olympics

Artist Craig Coulthard and the Kirkhope Primary School pupils who designed the flags for the Forest Pitch football venue near Selkirk.
Artist Craig Coulthard and the Kirkhope Primary School pupils who designed the flags for the Forest Pitch football venue near Selkirk.
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KIRKHOPE schoolchildren have designed the flags for a Selkirk football pitch to celebrate the Olympics.

The £460,000 Forest Pitch in Clarilawmuir spruce plantation is part of the cultural Olympiad and the creation of Edinburgh artist Craig Coulthard.

He asked the P4-7 pupils at the Ettrickbridge school in April to come up with patterns for flags for the pitch. The 12 youngsters split into groups and produced several designs which Heriot Watt College of Textiles in Galashiels have turned into flags.

Mr Coulthard said of the designs: “They’re great, I’m really pleased with them.

“The children have really understood the idea of repeat pattern. I wanted the flags to have a textiles feel.

“They were asked to include the ideas behind the project such as teamwork and being in the forest.”

Craig’s ancestors are from Selkirk and his grandfather, James Coulthard, was twice a standard bearer in the town’s common riding.

Around 1,000 spectators are expected for two matches featuring mostly new Scots to be played on the pitch on July 21. Afterwards, native trees will be planted along the lines of the field which will grow into a living sculpture.

For more information and match tickets, visit www.forestpitch.org or ring 01665 833751.