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Bedfordshire Day 28th November 2023

Bedfordshire Day is celebrated each year on 28th November, the birthday of John Bunyan. The celebration in 2023 was the biggest yet. Huge thanks are due to our friends at The Friends of Bedfordshire Society and to the many people and organisations which took part. We … Continue reading

29 November 2023 one response

Lancashire Day 27th November 2023

Lancashire Day 2023 has seen another huge celebration of the red rose county. As ever, huge thanks and congratulation go to our friends the Friends of Real Lancashire. We present some highlights from the day.

27 November 2023 one response

New Flags for Banffshire and Morayshire

On Saturday 28th October 2023, the new flags for Banffshire and Morayshire were revealed and hoisted for the first time. The flags were decided by competitions organised by the Flag Institute and bring the number of Scottish counties with a flag included in the UK … Continue reading

31 October 2023 one response

Historic County Flags Day – 23rd July 2023

Historic County Flags Day is celebrated each year on 23rd July. This date was chosen because it is the anniversary of the creation of the flag of Devon in 2002, which started the momentum of the modern concept of a county flag. Twenty-one years later, 53 … Continue reading

22 July 2023 13 responses

Middlesex Day 16th May 2023

Middlesex Day is celebrated each year on 16th May. Middlesex Day, as with most county day celebrations, has been growing in popularity year on year. 2023 has been the biggest event yet with the Middlesex flag flying above 10 Downing Street and celebrations throughout the … Continue reading

Three more “county councils” abolished

From 1st April 2023, Cumbria County Council, Somerset County Council and North Yorkshire County Council and the district councils in their areas are abolished and replaced by several new unitary councils. In the context of the Association of British Counties’ aim to see local government … Continue reading

31 March 2023 1 April 2023 6 responses

Cheshire Day – 30th March

Cheshire Day is celebrated on 30th March each year. On 30th March 1300, King Edward I confirmed a charter of liberties for Cheshire. In celebration we present our Map of Cheshire and our portrait of the county. The County Palatine of Chester is a maritime … Continue reading

Bedfordshire Day 28th Nov 2022

Bedfordshire Day is celebrated each year on 28th November, the birthday of John Bunyan. The county day is promoted by our friends at The Friends of Bedfordshire Society. We present our Portrait of Bedfordshire and some photos from the day’s celebrations.

28 November 2022 4 responses

Lincolnshire Day 1st Oct 2022

Lincolnshire Day is celebrated each year on 1st October. It has grown to become one of the most widely celebrated of all county days. We present our Portrait of Lincolnshire and some photos from today’s celebrations. Details about the Lincolnshire Flag can be found at … Continue reading

1 October 2022 one response

Celebrating the Historic Counties:  Westmorland and Furness Council  

In this article we propose ways in which the new Westmorland and Furness Council can celebrate the historic counties in its area in line with the UK Government guidance Celebrating the Historic Counties of England. This guidance recommends that councils celebrate the importance of the … Continue reading

28 September 2022 6 responses

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