Stroud, Gloucestershire is where I live. It is a town nestled at the junction of five valleys and has a history steeped in alternative thinking and revolution. Traditionally it was known for it's textile industry, which led to the early formation of unions and now it is a mixture of light industry, commerce, education and creativity.
The eco energy giant Ecotricity and Damian Hirst have their empires based in the town and the Saturday Market is rated one of the best in the country. It's the type of place that has a strong identity and the locals are proud to say " I'm a Stroudie"
So after my failure with the NZ flag, I thought how about one for Stroud?
The Five Valley Star:
Stroud is known for its five valleys. I thought a star with a twist was the best thing to represent this. The white off kilter star reflects both the gradient of the hills and the nature of its residents. A hint of revolution is always in the air.
Stroudwater Scarlet, the fabric used for the redcoats of the British army was produced here. Red is also the colour of the worker, a town built from sweat and toil.
Green, the colour of billiard table cloth which has traditionally come from these valleys. But also the colour of the hills that this town is built between and on. The importance of environmental issues is also reflected.
Red and green are complimentary colours/ opposites. I think this also reflects the nature of Stroud, which has a diverse range of people and opinions and yet we all do our best to live in harmony with each other.
Well, most of us!!