Badge tells the town's story

By Ian Dipple Thursday 26 June 2014 Updated: 27/06 09:40

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Buy photos » Brandon Pegler's winning design (s).

A UNIQUE badge detailing the beauty, history and heritage of Redditch will soon be winging its way across the globe thanks to a borough pupil.

Brandon Pegler's design was chosen out of more than 50 entries as part of a competition to create a new scout badge to mark the 50th anniversary of Redditch's designation as a new town.

The 15-year-old Tudor Grange Academy Redditch student's design includes a tree to represent the four million plus trees Redditch has, the Kingfisher bird to represent The Kingfisher Shopping Centre and a water powered mill to represent Forge Mill. The River Arrow and a needle to mark Redditch's needle industry and contribution to the world are also recognised on the badge.

It will now be sold to raise funds towards the £19,000 needed to send six young people from Redditch District Scouts to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan next July, as well as be presented as a gift to their host families.

The competition was run by Redditch District Scouts and The Standard and supported by Redditch MP Karen Lumley who donated a £10 WH Smith voucher to the winner. The winning design was chosen by judges Daniel Stanley, Ellen Cockram, Tom Willetts, Josh Thompson and district commissioner Sylvia Summers.

Competition organiser Danny Cockram said: "The standard of entries was very high and it was a difficult choice for our young judges. This will be a wonderfully unique gift to present to our host families, a badge designed and chosen by children in Redditch."

It is hoped the badge will be available to buy in time for the week long So Redditch Festival, celebrating the 50th anniversary, at the end of July. Visit www.so-redditch.info for more information.

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Buy photos» Scouts Dan Stanley and Jack Drysdale, both 13, congratulate Brandon Pegler, 15, on his winning design. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2614010MMR INSET: Brandon Pegler’s winning design (s).

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