Leith flag flies at City Chambers
A FLAG representing the community of Leith is being flown at the City Chambers for what is believed to be the first time in history.
The Leith Academy flag is taking pride of place at the front of the historic Royal Mile building as the city marks the school's 450th anniversary.
Although Leith has been a part of Edinburgh for 90 years, it is understood it has never had a flag flying over the city.
The design of the Leith Academy flag has been taken from the school's crest and has been paid for by the Leith Business Association.
It was erected at the City Chambers yesterday as the Lord Provost hosted a civic reception for the school to mark its 450th birthday.
Leith Academy rector Jack Simpson said it was a proud moment for the school.
He said: "We don't know exactly how far the shield goes back, but the school has had the patent since 1952 in order to display the shield.
"The flag came about after a suggestion by a local historian who had the idea to mark its 450th anniversary. We had to check with the Lord Lyons office first to see if this was allowed.
"It's nice that the council has seen fit to host this civic reception and we are proud to see the flag flying."
The Leith Academy flag uses a version of the original Leith flag, which was last seen flying over the historic port of the Capital more than 90 years ago.
Moves to see the ownership of that flag brought back to the community are currently under way.
Deputy Lord Provost Rob Munn, who represents the Leith ward, said: "It's very important to the school because although they have their own coat of arms and the right to use that, no-one can remember if the school ever had its own flag.
"It's very important given the long history of the school to mark it in this way.
"As far as anyone knows, this is the first time a Leith flag has been flown at the City Chambers as there would have been no reason for the city to fly a flag bearing the crest of the borough of Leith.
"This is a first and it ties in with the move to get the flag back for Leith."
Leith Academy has hosted a number of events this year to mark its 450th birthday.
In October it had an open evening for past and present pupils and staff which attracted around 600 people.
Mr Simpson added: "The fact that so many people turned up at the open evening to see their old school shows just how much affection they have for it."
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