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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Thoughtful Ulverston girl, 5, in arty bid to raise cash for school

A KIND-HEARTED youngster was handed the honour of raising the first flag to fly at her school in more than 100 years after helping to collect the money that made it possible.

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HONOUR Ulverston C of E Infant School pupil, Iona Smith, with the flagpole for which she raised money

Iona Smith, a Reception pupil at Ulverston C of E Infant School, took it upon herself to help staff and parents who had decided to build a flagpole in the playground.

She raised £40 by selling a picture of a teddy bear – her favourite toy – to family members.

Pupils and staff gathered round to watch as the five-year-old hoisted the St George’s flag to the top of the pole, ready to fly in time for today’s festivities. Iona said she enjoyed having the honour of raising the flag, cheered on by her classmates.

Headteacher Bernadette Calvey said as far as she knew there had not been a flagpole on the site at the school, in Church Walk, since it was built 117 years ago.

She added: “Without Iona we would not have a flagpole – we are really proud of her. It is just the sort of thing she would do – she is really thoughtful.”

The long-awaited flagpole was finally installed last week, just in time to be tested by the 50mph winds on Thursday morning.

Miss Calvey said the flagpole survived the ordeal a little battered but it was still standing.

Iona’s mother, Claire Smith, said she was impressed with her daughter’s desire to help out at school.

She is a member of the Friends of Church Walk PTA and said Iona overheard her talking about plans to put up a flagpole at the school.

Mrs Smith added: “We were talking about raising money for one and she had the idea of selling the pictures. She chose a teddy because that’s her favourite toy.

“I think she was really forward to being the one who pulls on the string, as she puts it.”

She said Iona really enjoys Ulverston’s Flag Fortnight, which starts later this month, so this was a particularly fitting way for her to get involved in helping the school.

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