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Other Registered Flags

Islands and island groups perhaps being by their nature separate entities, seem naturally motivated to raise flags – even Lundy has borne several! Thus flags for the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight also appear in the FI registry although unfortunately they are not given a different designation, being included as county flags rather than as we might expect, “Island Flags” or some such classification.
Isle Of Wight
Designed by John Graney and registered in 2009. The original 350 entries were whittled down to a shortlist of four designs which the public then had an opportunity to vote on. The flag’s blue and white wavy lines at the base represent the sea and the stylised diamond shape symbolises the island itself with a ‘notch’ at the top representing the River Medina. No explanation seems available to explain the light blue field on the upper part of the flag but presumably this stands for the sky. It is unusual for different shades of the same colour to appear on one flag.
The Isles Of Scilly.
 
was the winning entry in a competition held by Scilly News, chosen after three ballots and 400 votes. The central white cross celebrates the Islands’ strong Celtic heritage – being linked to traditional Celtic cross designs. The five pentacles (five-pointed stars) represent the Islands’ location and size. Pentacles are Celtic symbols of protection, which is relevant for the Islands as they have been an important strategic position for Britain. The orange represents a fireglow sunset for which Scilly has become famous. The blue represents the oceanic waters that encompass the Islands, which are such an important aspect of Scillonian life.
East Anglia
The flag was devised by one George Henry Langham and adopted by the London Society of East Anglians. It was first mentioned in print in 1900 and subsequently flew in various places in Norfolk. The flag features the coat of arms attributed to the Wuffingas ruling dynasty which ruled the original Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia, three crowns on a blue shield, on a Saint George’s Cross. The crowns also appear in the arms of the borough of Bury Saint Edmunds and the University of East Anglia. The arms are effectively identical to the small arms of Sweden, from where the East Anglian royal dynasty, the Wuffingas, are held to have originated. The three crowns also appear on John Speed’s map – see above. Having been in general use as the regional flag for a century it was automatically included on the FI registry at the time of its creation.
Wessex
A wyvern flag, based on the accounts of a banner borne by Alfred the great and his kinsmen, is used by the Wessex Society. It was designed by the former head of the Flag Institute and doyen of British flag study, William Crampton. The Wessex Society applied for registration of this flag with the FI as a regional flag of Wessex, along the lines of East Anglia in Spring 2011 and it was duly registered. See http://wessexsociety.org/home.html for more information. There is an argument that this design was effectively the first national English flag. Having being used by the West Saxons in their heartland, it contnued to be used by them as they won territory in the Midlands and further north. Harold’s English army fought under this flag at the Battle of Hastings.
Black Country
This flag was the winner of a competition run by the Black Country Living Museum.

It features a chain to represent the manufacturing heritage of the area whilst the upright triangular shape in the background recalls the iconic glass cones and iron furnaces that featured in the architectural landscape of the area. The red and black colours recall the famous description of the Black Country by Elihu Burrit that it was “black by day and red by night” owing to the smoke and fires of industry.

East Riding of Yorkshire

East Riding of Yorkshire

The winning entry in a competition, the flag was the creation of  father and son, Trevor and Thomas Appleton from Kirkburn. It was first unfurled on April 18th 2013 at Beverley Minster at a ceremony attended by the Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding, the Vice Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council. The flag features a Yorkshire white rose, displayed in the East Riding style with one sepal at the top, set against a bi-colour of blue at the hoist, representing the sea and the historic maritime activities of the East Riding and green in the fly symbolising the locality’s rich agricultural land. Additionally, the blue hoist colour signifies the East Riding’s connection to the whole of Yorkshire whilst the green is placed towards the fly to represent its position in the east of the county. The East Riding Day is 24th August, this date was chosen in celebration of the East Riding of Yorkshire’s greatest son, William Wilberforce, born on that day in 1759.

North Riding of Yorkshire

North Riding of Yorkshire

The winning flag in a competition, the flag was the creation of vexillologist Jason Saber and was first unfurled on May 4th 2013 in the hamlet of Holwick, at The Strathmore Arms, the most northerly pub in 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.  A cross design had featured in the arms of the former North Riding council so the flag maintains the same general pattern but with more vibrant colours that reflect 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 Saint Wilfirida 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.

West Riding of Yorkshire

West Riding of Yorkshire

The flag of the West Riding of Yorkshire was registered on May 23rd 2013. It was created by Michael Faul, a foremost British vexillologist and was the winning entry in a competition. The flag has a considerable history as it was originally designed as a prospective flag for the whole of Yorkshire. The flag features a “rose en soleil” device, first adopted by the Yorkist king,Edward IV upon his accession to the throne after the Battle of Towton. The emblem was fashioned by combining the rose of the House of York with the sun badge used by Richard II and was the punning reference in Shakespeare’s famous lines from Richard III;

                                       “Now is the winter of our discontent

                                  Made glorious summer by this sun of York.”

Wishing to convey something of the Anglo-Scandinavian history of the region, given the enduring Dano-Norwegian presence there in the centuries prior to the Norman invasion, Michael Faul’s design deploys an off-set cross in the Scandinavian style. Thus the Scandinavian cross, in English colours is a neat graphic encapsulation of the local heritage and history.

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