Competition to design a flag for Northamptonshire

Cllr Joan Kirkbride is inviting people to design a flag for Northamptonshire

Cllr Joan Kirkbride is inviting people to design a flag for Northamptonshire

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A competition has been launched to design a flag for Northamptonshire.

The contest is open to schools, community groups or individuals to design a flag which they believe best represents the county.

Entries will be assessed by a panel of judges, including a representative from The Flag Institute in London and a professor in cultural studies, and a final five designs will be put to a public vote.

Chairman of the county council, Cllr Joan Kirkbride, said: “Over the past two years here in the UK we have had ample opportunities to get out there and wave flags. Whether it has been to celebrate the royal wedding, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or supporting our Olympic heroes.

“The Parliamentary Flags and Heraldry Committee is now encouraging communities across the country to get involved and register their own flags. We think this is a golden opportunity for Northamptonshire to find a flag we can be proud of.

“We are looking for a flag which can help raise recognition of Northamptonshire across the country, express pride in our local community and celebrate the heritage and culture of our corner of the country.”

The judging panel will be made up of Cllr Kirkbride, Professor Jon Stobart of the University of Northampton, Cllr Heather Smith, the deputy leader of the county council, Cllr Johnnie Amos, Commonwealth Flag project and county flag co-ordinator, Philip Tibbetts of The Flag Institute in London and David Smith of Northamptonshire Cricket Club.

They will select five designs which the public will be asked to vote for on the council’s website.

People can find out full details of the competition by visiting www.northamptonshire.gov.uk.