17th Oct, 2017

Malvern flying the flag of worldwide friendship

Craig Gibbons 11th Oct, 2017

A SPECIAL flag from one of Malvern’s namesake communities is being flown above the Council House as a symbol of friendship between the two areas.

The state flag of Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA, can currently be seen from the top of Malvern Hills District Council’s building in Avenue Road and will remain there for the next week.

It was presented to Cora Weaver and Bruce Osborne, founder members of The Malverns Worldwide project, during a visit the pair made in May.

They passed it on to the district council, along with other gifts, to keep on behalf of the people of the town.

Council officials then decided to fly the flag in recognition of the newly-developed friendship between the two Malverns.

Coun Chris O’Donnell, chairman of Malvern Hills District Council who raised the flag, said: “We wanted to fly their flag as a gesture of friendship and a visible symbol of how much we value the link between our two communities and indeed, the bond we share with all the other Malverns around the world.”

The borough of Malvern, Pennsylvania, dates back to the 1600s.

It was built on high ground with wooded slopes and its natural springs were utilised to serve the inhabitants.

It is not known how it got its name but one explanation is the Welsh immigrants who settled there named it after the Malvern Hills.

Today, about 3,200 people live there.

The Malverns Worldwide project aims to identify as many other Malverns around the world as possible and create a bond of friendship between them. So far 24 have been identified.

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