August 23 2014 Latest news:
Kath Sansom, .
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
People with creative vision are being asked to design a flag for Cambridgeshire in a competition that closes next month.
Most counties across the UK have a traditional flag that can be flown at special occasions but organisers of the competition said that Cambridgeshire has neither a flag or a symbol.
Andy Strangeways, who organised the flag design competition, said: “Yorkshire has the rose, Warwickshire has the bear, Cambridgeshire has nothing.
“It’s extremely rare for a county to not have a flag so I thought it was high time it was sorted out.”
“In recent years 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.
“A flag for Cambridgeshire will be a free, public symbol for all to use that will raise recognition and awareness of Cambridgeshire, express the pride in our local community, celebrate the heritage and culture of our corner of the country.”
Individuals, schools and other groups are invited to create suggestions in-line with the competition terms and conditions (below) and bearing in mind the Flag Institute design guidelines.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday July 3.
An assessment panel will then choose the final set of six designs to go to a public vote.
The winning flag will be registered in the Flag Institute’s UK Flag Registry.
For details visit http://andystrangeway.wordpress.com/cambridgeshire-flag/