The competition was open to anyone aged 16 and under, and from numerous fantastic submissions the winning designs by Faith Jackson, from Stanley High School and Elizabeth Rigby from 38th Southport Brownies were selected. It was decided to take elements from the winning entries to produce a composite badge (PSA). Now the badge has been professionally created it will be submitted for Royal approval.
The suggested badge utilises the following symbology:
Red Squirrel – synonymous with the local area. Formby is one of the few remaining habitats of the native Red Squirrel. The squirrel is also noted for being industrious.
Acorn – Representative of knowledge and an acknowledgement of Woodvale’s long established training role and connection with LUAS, MASUAS and 10 AEF.
Coloured lines – These wavy lines (symbolising the station’s coastal location) represent:
Blue – The sea – coastal location.
Yellow – Sand/beach.
Green – Airfield is bordered by elements of the Mersey Forest and in addition part of the estate is a designated SSSI.
Brown – Representing local urban conurbations. The station is also boarded by the townships of Formby and Ainsdale.
The schoolgirls will receive a framed copy of their design, given the chance to be Station Commander for the day and get a flight in a light aircraft. They and their classmates were invited to RAF Woodvale for a VIP tour of the station and presentation of the badge.