The East Riding flag was registered on the UK Flag Registry on Thursday 18 April 2013 after the unfurling at Beverley Minster. The unfurling was attended by the Lord- Lieutenant, the Vice Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council. At the unfurling my address outlined the background to the East Riding flag.
The flag is described as: “The white rose is displayed in the East Riding style. The blue represents the sea and the maritime activities. The green represents the rich agricultural land.” Additionally, the blue hoist colour signifies the East Riding’s connection to the whole of Yorkshire whilst the green is placed towards the fly to represent its position in the east of the county.
Although the Lord Mayor of Hull City Council was unable to attended the unfurling he provided the following statement: “happy to note that the East Riding is recognised with its own flag”.
The Lord Mayor of the City of York Council sent his best wishes for an enjoyable and successful event and unfurling.
The East Riding flag was designed by Trevor and Thomas Appleton (a father and son), from Kirkburn, East Riding.
The flag was chosen by a public vote, following a competition to design a flag for the East Riding which was launched on Monday 7 January 2013 on BBC Radio Humberside. Six designs were selected from numerous entries, by a panel of judges, for everyone to vote for their favourite design.
Purchasing East Riding Flags
The first East Riding flag was made by Flying Colours of Knaresbrough. Printed and hand-made East Riding flags can now be purchased from them.
World Flag Shop expect delivery of polyester economy East Riding flags around Wednesday 8 May. They will be 5ft x 3ft and cost – £6.25 + p&p.
East Riding Boundary Walk
The first East Riding flag will be walked around the East Riding boundary during the summer by myself and others who would like to join me at various points. Please email me if you would like to take part in the walk firstname.lastname@example.org
Stage 1 – Spurn Point to Faxfleet
The first stage will see me depart Spurn Point and follow the River Humber passing through the only city of the East Riding, Hull, on route to Faxfleet. At Faxfleet not only do the Rivers Humber, Ouse and Trent join here but also Lincolnshire, the West Riding and the East Riding.
Stage 2 – Faxfleet to Walmgate Bar
Starting at Faxfleet I will follow the River Ouse past the most western point of the East Riding near to Cawood from where I will continue to the City of York walls completing the second stage at Walmgate Bar.
Stage 3 – Walmgate Bar to Filey
Starting at Walmgate Bar, the gateway to the East Riding, I will follow the Roman road (now the Hull Road and the A166) to north of Stamford Bridge. After Stamford Bridge I will follow the River Derwent north and I will eventually arrive in Filey on the North Sea coast.
Stage 4 – Filey to Spurn Point
Setting off in Filey I will follow the East Coast all the way to Spurn Point, which not only boasts the easternmost point of the East Riding, but also the southernmost point. A fitting place to finish my journey.
Yorkshire – East Riding Terminology
Yorkshire One of the 92 counties of ancient origin which for centuries formed, and continue to form, a commonly agreed way of referring to the different parts of the United Kingdom. Existed for over 1,000 years to the present day. Yorkshire is the three Ridings and the City of York. Yorkshire is a traditional/historic county.
East Riding (of Yorkshire) “Riding” is “thrithing” – a Viking word meaning a third part. There are three Ridings East, North and West. In 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972 East Riding ceased to carry out administrative functions. Existed for over 1,000 years to the present day. The East Riding is one of the three Ridings of the traditional/historic county of Yorkshire.
East Yorkshire An administrative district created by the local Government Act 1972 solely “for the administration of local government”. Existed from 1981 to 1996. (Between 1974 and 1981 the district was called North Wolds) East Yorkshire was an administrative District in the county of Humberside.
East Riding of Yorkshire Is the name of a unitary local government area created in 1996. It is also the name of a lieutenancy area or ceremonial county which comprises the local government areas of East Riding of Yorkshire and Kingston upon Hull. Existed from 1996 to present day. East Riding of Yorkshire is an administrative area.