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West Riding of Yorkshire flag competition launched.

A competition to select a flag for the West Riding of Yorkshire has been launched.
Full details can be seen at
In addition to submitting a design for the competition, everyone is also encouraged to get involved by joining the West Riding Flag Facebook page at
The winning design will be added to the Flag Institute’s registry. Entries are generally postal but for those outside the UK electronic entries may be sent to this address

West Riding Flag

Last year the UK celebrated both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, two major flag waving occasions. Flags are an ancient art form, developed especially to clearly display allegiance and identity. They have subsequently become the premier medium for expressing social pride. Indeed it is difficult to imagine events as diverse as sports matches, military parades or musical festivals without a wide range of flags being flown.

My intention is to establish a West Riding flag via a competition which is open to all, as currently no such flag exists. To do this I will work closely with members of the public, fellow members of the Flag Institute, and those in the media.

A flag for the West Riding will be a free, public symbol for all to use that will:

  • Raise recognition and awareness of the West Riding
  • Express pride in the local community
  • Celebrate the cultural heritage of the West Riding

The Competition

Individuals, schools and other groups are invited to create proposals in-line with the competition terms and conditions (below) and bearing in mind the Flag Institute design guidelines (below).

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 26 February.

An assessment panel will then choose the final set of 6 designs to be put to a public vote. The designs will all be drawn to the same standard.

The vote will be held on this blog, beginning on Wednesday 6 March and finishing on Tuesday 2 April.

The winning flag will be registered in the Flag Institute’s UK Flag Registry. The first West Riding flag will then be taken to the various extreme points of the West Riding boundary by myself and others who would like to join me at various points.

What Should Appear on the Flag?

The West Riding means something different to us all, that is why the flag competition is being held.

Those interested in Heraldry may look towards the colours of the original West Riding coat of arms or you may believe that the Yorkshire rose should be a focal point.

What about coal mining, the textile industry, the Pennines, River Ure, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Football, Rugby League etc?

What should appear on the West Riding flag is the decision of not only those who were blessed to be born and live in the West Riding, but also those who have a love of the West Riding.

For further information please read Flag Design Guidelines WR

Entry Details

To enter please read Terms & Conditions WR

Dates For Your Diary

Regular updates will appear on this blog and in various media.

  1. Wednesday 23 January 2013 – Launch of flag competition.
  2. Tuesday 26 February – Closing date for designs.
  3. Wednesday 27 to Tuesday 5 March – Judging of designs.
  4. Wednesday 6 March – Voting starts to select favourite from 6 finalists.
  5. Tuesday 2 April– Closing date for voting.
  6. Wednesday 10 April – Flag registered with the Flag Institute.
  7. Wednesday 17 April – Flag Ordered.
  8. Wednesday 1 May – West Riding flag announced.
  9. May onwards – The first West Riding flag taken to the 7 extreme points of the West Riding.

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. Once the flag is registered, beginning in May, I will take the first North Riding flag to the following extreme points of the West Riding:

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