A competition has been launched to design new flags for the currently empty flagpoles on Cockenzie and Port Seton Promenade.

Five flagpoles have sat unadorned for many years, after the demolition of the Pond Hall in 1995 allowed the extension of the walkway at the Links to Port Seton Harbour.

Cockenzie and Port Seton Community Council now wants to see this picturesque part of the John Muir Way house flags that will reflect the history and heritage of the area.

The group wants children from the community, with help from their families, to design flags with a focus on the area’s history and heritage, land and coastal environment.

The designs should be A4 in size and will be judged by a panel of local representatives.

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The community council would also cover the cost of the winning flags’ production.

A community council spokesperson said: “In a bid to promote civic pride and community ownership, the community council hopes to work with Cockenzie Primary School children and their families in a design project to create flags for the promenade.

“Children and their families who live in the community and may not attend Cockenzie Primary School would also be welcome to take part in the project by contacting the community council directly.

“Our community has much to celebrate from its land and sea environment, and from our history and heritage.

“Could your design be one of the five that best captures the story of Cockenzie and Port Seton?”

The deadline for the flag designs is November 30, and the flags are planned to be raised in May next year to coincide with gala week.

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For more information and to submit entries, email the group on cockenzieandportseton@hotmail.com

The group can also be contacted by post at Cockenzie and Port Seton Community Council, Port Seton Community Centre, South Seton Park, Port Seton, EH32 0BG.