I am pleased to announce that the winning design of the North Riding flag competition was designed by Jason Saber from Kent.
The flag is described as: “A yellow edged blue cross recalls the pattern of the arms borne by the North Riding Council from 1928-1974 and the colours of the arms (yellow stars on a blue background) attributed to local saint, Wilfrid an important figure in the region’s early history. The cross is set against a green field and in combination the three colours allude to the North Riding’s natural features; the green representing the large tracts of the famed North Yorkshire Moors National Park, while the blue and yellow reflect the North Sea coastline and such rivers as the Swale, Tees and Esk. The rose represents Yorkshire and also featured on the coat of arms of the former North Riding Council.”
The flag was unfurled this morning at The Strathmore Arms, Holwick by myself and the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Peter Scrope. The unfurling was also attended by the Vice-Chairman of Durham Council, the Vice Chairman of North Yorkshire Council and the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees Council.
At the unfurling my address outlined the background to the North Riding flag. Although the designer of the flag, Jason Saber, was unable to attended his address was read by Philip Tibbetts from the Flag Institute.
The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York sent the following message of support: ‘I am delighted to send greetings from the City of York on the occasion of the unfurling of the new North Riding Flag. I hope many in the region will look with pride upon this new emblem for the North Riding area. Very best wishes to all involved in the creation and unfurling of the flag’.
The Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Cllr Denise Bunn, sent the following message of support: “My sincere apologies that I am unable to attend on Saturday for the North Riding Flag Unfurling. My very best wishes to you and everybody concerned on what I’m sure will be a lovely day and a special occasion at Holwick.”
Middlesbrough Council made no comment.
Purchasing North Riding Flags
The first North Riding flag was made by Flying Colours of Knaresbrough. Printed and hand-made North Riding flags can now be purchased from them.
World Flag Shop expect delivery of polyester economy North Riding flags in June. They will be 5ft x 3ft and cost – £7.50 + p&p