On Thursday, I received the first fifty County Durham flags from World Flag Shop The flags were kindly donated by the Association of British Counties . The first 25 are to thank those who have helped to establish the flag. The remaining 25 will be available free to those living in County Durham, be this Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Hartlepool or anywhere else between the River Tees and the River Tyne, via the competition below.
Today, I was privileged to witness James Moffatt, who along with his daughters Katie and Holly designed the flag, fly it from the highest point of County Durham, Burnhope Seat for the first time. This flag will now be given to Chilton Primary School, the school which Katie and Holly attended.
Question: “How will you use your County Durham flag?
The competition is open to all those who live in County Durham and answer the above question. To enter please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org your answer and name and address. I will then select the 25 which I consider to be the most deserving answers. These entrants will receive a free County Durham flag. Entries will close at 17.00 on Friday 6 December.
Winners will also be invited to send me a photo of their flag flying to appear in a gallery on County Durham Flag
As a seasoned campaigner I regularly experience situations where Local Authorities are undertaking activities in breach of legislation. One of the most overt forms of this can be seen through road signs.
I am currently undertaking a major campaign in North Yorkshire, especially Scarborough, which will start shortly to involve direct action and I invite others to Get Involved in any way they can.
The Flag Institute have kindly given me permission to share the following high resolution flag images. (Click on each link) Please feel free to use.
UK-Yorkshire East Riding
UK-Yorkshire North Riding
UK-Yorkshire West Riding
I am pleased to announce that the County Durham flag now appears on the UK Flag Registry alongside other county flags on the Registry. I would like to thank the Flag Institute for all the assistance and guidance they have given.
Following very positive feedback regarding the Yorkshire Boundary Sign Project to keep supporters informed I have created an email contact group. If you would like to receive regular updates regarding the Yorkshire Boundary Sign Project all you need to do is request inclusion by emailing me at email@example.com
I am pleased to announce the launch of the Yorkshire Boundary Signs Project.
Having travelled extensively around the UK and seen boundary signs for all manner of places, it saddens me that Yorkshire and the Ridings remain unmarked. Whilst establishing flags for the East Riding, North Riding and West Riding it became apparent that most Yorkshire folk are unaware where the Ridings or indeed the Yorkshire boundary is.On 23 April 2013 Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles announced “that the government will seek to encourage the marking and continued use of such traditional county names.” In addition he stated that “he will encourage local residents to continue to champion such local identities, irrespective of current tiers of local administration.”The Yorkshire Boundary Sign Project intends to take Mr Pickles statement as an invitation to mark the Yorkshire and Ridings boundaries at key crossings. To achieve this I will invite the Civic Leader for each Council, who administer such crossings, to work with me to make the Yorkshire Boundary Sign Project a reality.Yorkshire and Ridings Signs
Brown sign legislation permits the marking of a tourist attraction that is fully open to the public. As I believe Yorkshire and the Ridings fulfils this requirement there is no reason that boundary signs for Yorkshire and the Ridings could not become a reality before the Tour De France.Boundary Signs Locations
The Boundary Signs Locations include each Ridings boundary and every external boundary Yorkshire shares with its seven neighbours. Of course these locations can be added to if a council would like to promote their part of the Yorkshire or Ridings boundary more extensively.
Driving around the country, motorists will quickly notice that other counties have boundary signs but not Yorkshire. This is an insult to our cultural heritage. The following are just a selection of county boundary signs from around England.
Of course we are in hard economic times and even if we weren’t the great Yorkshire war cry would ring out “Ow much”?
Each sign costs approximately £70 to make and up to £500 to make and install. The above 13 signs will cost approximately £6,500. I will ask each Council for their agreement in principle and to submit a costing to erect a sign(s) in their area. As soon as I have these figures I will be able to confirm the total cost.
One way or another I will personally secure the required finance. I would welcome receiving an email firstname.lastname@example.org from anyone who is able to assist with the raising of said finance.