The establishment of county flags was encouraged by the creation of a registry by the Flag Institute (FI). Founded in 1971 the Flag Institute is one of the world’s leading research and documentation centres for flags and flag information, and a government advisor. With a recent increase in local and regional flags, the Flag Institute’s registry was devised as a definitive record of their number. Whilst ostensibly intended to serve as a record book however, there being no ‘UK Flag Act’ that might ‘authorise’ such county flags, it effectively serves also as the de facto authority which endorses them.
Resources provided by the ABC:
- ABC Flag Blog
- An introduction to county flags (ABC Flag Blog)
- Developing and promoting a flag for your county (County-Wise)