2013 proved a highly successful year in ways I did not expect at the start of the year. My campaigns and projects went from strength. The successes included:
- Establishing the East Riding flag.
- Having the last Merseyside road sign removed.
- Tesco map corrected.
- Established the North Riding flag.
- Established the West Riding flag.
- The Highways Agency agreed that the East Riding of Yorkshire Council signs on the M18 and M62 breached legislation and would be removed at the earliest opportunity.
- Assisted in the creation of British County Flags site.
- Removal of illegal Shropshire sign on M54.
- Established North Riding Day.
- Established West Riding Day.
- Prevented the further import of Pastel Blue Yorkshire flags – you will now note that more of the correct Pantone 300 Blue Yorkshire flags can be seen.
- Established the County Durham flag.
- Facilitated the flying of the North Riding flag from Whitehall on North Riding Day.
- Facilitated the flying of the East Riding flag from Whitehall on East Riding Day.
- Established County Durham Day.
- Launched a campaign against the anti-motorhome policies of Scarborough Borough Council.
- Appeared in the Guardians Top Ten World challenges for my challenge to sleep on the 162 Scottish Islands which are 40 hectares or greater in size.
- Launched the Yorkshire Boundary Sign Project.
- With James Moffat, the designer, I flew the first County Durham flag from Burnhope Seat (the highest point of County Durham).
- Had Durness No Overnight Parking signs finally removed.
As a result of the above I built up further media relationships; worked with numerous Councils and Civics and most importantly made many new friends.
My adventures were more limited. I intended visiting the extreme points of the West Riding and North Riding with the respective flags unfortunately this remains only partly complete.
In addition I had intended to walk the original East Riding flag around the East Riding boundary. To date I have only walked approximately 45 miles.
All in all a fantastic year which I dedicate to my wife Ruth.
I look forward to an equally challenging New Year and wish you all a peaceful 2014.