North Riding Flag

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The North Riding flag was registered on the UK Flag Registry on Saturday 4 May 2013 after the unfurling at The Strathmore Arms. The unfurling was attended by the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Peter Scrope, 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.

The North Riding flag unfurling footage

North Riding Flag

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 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.

The North Riding flag was designed by Jason Saber from Kent.

The flag was chosen by a public vote, following a competition to design a flag for the North Riding which was launched on Monday 16 January 2013 in the Teesdale Mercury.  Six designs were selected from numerous entries, by a panel of judges, for everyone to vote for their favourite design.

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.

Polyester economy North Riding flags can be purchased from World Flag Shop . They are 5ft x 3ft and cost – £6.25 + p&p

Extreme Points

As a UK adventurer, with a passion for sleeping in remote locations, my adventures have taken me to the UK most extreme points, highest mountains and remote uninhabited islands. I have also slept at the following extreme points of the North Riding:

Tykes Way - Most Northerly Point - North Riding and Yorkshire (2)

In addition to the main five extreme points there is also:

History of the North Riding Flag

The following is reproduced by kind permission of British County Flags.

The flag of the North Riding was the winner in a public competition, one of six designs selected by a panel of judges for a final public vote. It was revealed for the first time on May 4th 2013 in the hamlet of Holwick, at The Strathmore Arms

STRATHMORE

the most northerly pub in the North Riding and Yorkshire. The location was specifically chosen to highlight the fact the locality lies within the North Riding, albeit that it is administered by the council in Durham.

The flag was unfurled by the competition’s organiser Andy Strangeway and the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Peter Scrope

North Riding Flag Unfurling

Also attending the ceremony were the Vice-Chairman of Durham Council, the Vice Chairman of North Yorkshire Council and the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees Council

North Riding Flag Unfurling

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.”

The motivation behind the competition was to reaffirm the North Riding’s distinct status as an entity in its own right, despite its territory being administered by various different local authorities and to signal that distinct status, with a distinct North Riding flag. All three Yorkshire Ridings are a thousand years old, with an origin in the era of the Viking settlement around York in the ninth century. The term “riding” originally a “thriding”, is derived from the old Norse “thrithjungr” meaning a third part. With individual courts and lieutenancies the Ridings functioned as de facto counties and were each accordingly awarded a separate council in 1889. The North Riding council bore its own arms, unofficially from 1889

N.R.C. ARMS

and officially between 1928 and 1974 but there had never been a North Riding flag before the 2013 competition. This was organised by the campaigner, adventurer and Yorkshire resident, Andy Strangeway in liaison with the Flag Institute. While the council had been abolished in 1974 the North Riding itself has never been subject to any abolition.

The flag was designed by Jason Saber. A cross design had featured in the arms of the former North Riding council so with a sense of continuity he maintained the same general pattern but opted to include more vibrant colours that reflected the locality’s vivid environment and landscape.

The yellow edged blue cross recalls the colours (yellow stars on a blue background) of the arms attributed to the local saint, Wilfrid

WILF ARMS

a major figure in the early history of the region. Set against a green field , the three colours in combination allude to the North Riding’s natural features; the green representing the large tracts of the famed North Yorks Moors National Park, while the blue and yellow reflect the North Sea coastline (with its sandy beaches at Saltburn, Runswick Bay and Redcar Beach for example) and such rivers as the Swale, Tees and Esk. The white rose associated with the county for about six hundred years, which had also featured on the arms of the former North Riding Council, completed the arrangement.

Yorkshire – North 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.

The North 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 the North Riding ceased to be used as an administrative area. Existed for over 1,000 years to the present day. The North Riding is one of the three Ridings of the traditional/historic county of Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire An administrative county created by the local Government Act 1972 solely “”for the administration of local government””. It is also the name of a lieutenancy area or ceremonial county. Existed from 1974 onwards. North Yorkshire is an administrative and ceremonial county.

Useful Links

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