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 of our historic counties have a flag included in the Flag Institute’s UK Flag Registry, including every county in England. Historic County Flags Day is a chance for every individual and organisation to show their pride in their historic county by flying their county flag.
For a few days each year, around the 23rd July, the Government flies the historic county flags included in the Flag Institute’s registry in Parliament Square, Westminster. This year the flag of Aberdeenshire is a part of this spectacular display for the first time, having been registered in April of this year.
It is gratifying to have Government support for Historic County Flags Day. It is also gratifying to see local authorities joining in with the celebration. South Tyneside Council is joining in the celebration for the first time in 2023, flying the County Durham flag from South Shields Town Hall. Graeme Keedy, a South Shields resident and historic counties campaigner, added: “It’s great to see that the Council is flying the County Durham flag. This is a significant step in recognising and promoting the Borough’s continued geographical and cultural association with historic County Durham.”
The county flag movement continues. There are currently competitions underway in Scotland to select county flags for Berwickshire, Morayshire and Banffshire. This will bring the number of Scottish flags to ten.
Make sure you fly your flag on Sunday 23rd July – and every other day of the year – and post pictures of it to social media.