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image by Adrian Thomas, Flag Designer, 9 January 2003
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Kidsgrove is a small town in the borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme, near the Cheshire border. Kidsgrove is a small town located in North West Staffordshire on the Cheshire border. It is part of the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme, but has its own Town Council of twenty four members. The Kidsgrove Town Council was created in 1974 when the Kidsgrove Urban District Council became part of Newcastle. In the 18th century, Kidsgrove grew around coal mining, although the pits have now closed. It marks the southern extremity of the Macclesfield Canal, and the Trent and Mersey Canal runs through the town. It has a library, post office, health centre, bank, supermarket, railway station, small shops, and many fast food restaurants. It is part of the "The Potteries" (Potteries Urban Area), along with Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme. The area has been famous for pottery manufacturing ever since the Industrial Revolution.
Pete Loeser, 2 February 2021
I brought the idea to the Kidsgrove Council after noticing that many European towns and cities have flags of their own. The council agreed to the idea and asked that I summit some designs. After some deliberation, they chose this design. Kidsgrove is situated on the border of Cheshire and the most northern part of Staffordshire. Because of this, I felt a flag of our own would provide us with our own identity. The flag was adopted in October 2002 by the Kidsgrove Council after many designs were considered.
The flag consists of two horizontal bands. The top band is blue which represents the Trent and Mersey canal that runs through the town bringing business and commerce. Blue is also representative of the sky. The green represents the GROVE as on the name of part the town. The crest has the Staffordshire knot for the county of Staffordshire.
It also has the Second World War spitfire fighter plane which was designed by Reginald Mitchell, a Kidsgrove Native and legend. The lower part of the crest has goats (kids) in a grove hence the name Kidsgrove.
The year of 1895 was the year numerous small villages became unified into one town. Located in the top left canton is the Union Flag because we are a town in Britain.
The dimensions of the official flag is 6' x 3'6" but can also be 5' x 3'. The flag will be flown at the Town Hall on special events. The flag will also be flown at local business', football club, scout facilities and town residence.
We are now twinned with a French town, St. Paul du Bois. Delegates from that town will be coming to Kidsgrove at the end of February and will be presented with an official flag at the welcoming reception.
Adrian Thomas, 9 January 2003
As of this date this flag has not been registered with The Flag Institute as the official flag of Kidsgrove.
Pete Loeser, 2 February 2021