Today, I was honoured to be invited with my wife Ruth to the inaugural official North Riding Day and Civic Luncheon at County Hall, Northallerton. The event was attended by Civic Leaders from across the North Riding including the Lord-Lieutenant, Lord Crathorne and the Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council, Councillor Bateman. Both can be seen applauding the raising of the North Riding flag below.
At the same time a North Riding flag was also being flown from the Secretary of State’s Office, Department for Communities and Local Government (HQ of Local Government), Eland House, London by Charles Ashburner and Graham Bartram from the Flag Institute and Helen Edwards, Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director-General (Localism), Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
This coincided with the launch of the Flag Institute’s new guide on designing flags Creating Local & Community Flags at the DCLG. I was pleased to be able to supply four photographs of county tops in addition to a photo of myself with Jason Saber, designer of the North Riding flag, outside the headquarters of the Flag Institute, for use in the booklet.
The DCLG issued a press release for the days events.