A FLAG to represent a town will be created to mark its 200th birthday.
Every child in Waterlooville is being given the opportunity to design the flag as part of this year’s Waterlooville 200 festivities.
It comes as an exciting programme of events is being organised to celebrate the milestone.
The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded more than £44,000 towards the extravaganza, which will include and a big day of celebration on June 20.
Clare Jefferson-Jones, project manager for Waterloo to Waterlooville 200, said: ‘We are delighted to announce there will be the exciting opportunity for young people aged 18 and under to enter our Flag for Waterlooville Competition.
‘The flag competition leaflet will be sent out to all the local schools and will also be available to pick up from Waterlooville library.
‘With our new town flag we are asking young people to create their design on an A4 sheet.
‘They can use paint, pencils, felt tips, collage or use computer art to develop their ideas.’
The designs must be sent to Clare at Waterlooville library by midday on May 29.
She added: ‘A judging panel will chose the winning idea to inspire the final flag.
‘Everyone will have the chance to come along and see the unveiling of the new design on Saturday, June 20 at 11.30am at Waterlooville Library when the flag will be raised up the flagpole.’
Waterlooville was named after the Battle of Waterloo when soldiers returning from Waterloo passed through a very small village of just five dwellings.
The story goes that the inn the soldiers went to was unnamed at the time and they decided to name it ‘The Heroes of Waterloo’.
Clare added: ‘There will be opportunities for the people of Waterlooville to get involved in many ways from helping to research and record the history of the town to helping at events.
‘Schools and groups will be creating regimental banners for a procession and a timeline pop-up exhibition.’
Waterlooville Library and The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, in Havant, will be hosting many talks about the Battle of Waterloo, its commanders and the strategies.
The Winton Players, from Petersfield, will be performing their specially written play A Damn’d Close-Run Thing!.
It is the story of an improbable posthumous encounter between the Emperor Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington as they look back over 200 years.
Clare said: ‘This will be both comic and serious and staged in full costume.’
The festivities were officially launched last month at Waterlooville library, with local dignitaries, business people and police officers attending the event.
The scheme is being led by Waterlooville Community Forum, The Spring and Waterlooville library.