Ridings Flags

To design and establish an individual flag for each of the three Ridings was one of the aims of the Society This was achieved on Thursday 23 May 2013.

East Riding Flag

The East Riding flag was registered on the UK Flag Registry on Thursday 18 April 2013 after the unfurling at Beverley Minster. The unfurling was attended by the Lord- Lieutenant, the Vice Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council. At the unfurling the opening address outlined the background to the East Riding flag.

East Riding Flag

Although the Lord Mayor of Hull City Council was unable to attended the unfurling he provided the following statement: “happy to note that the East Riding is recognised with its own flag”.

The Lord Mayor of the City of York Council sent his best wishes for an enjoyable and successful event and unfurling.

The East Riding flag was designed by Trevor and Thomas Appleton (a father and son), from Kirkburn, East Riding.

The flag was chosen by a public vote, following a competition to design a flag for the East Riding which was launched on Monday 7 January 2013 on BBC Radio Humberside. Six designs were selected from numerous entries, by a panel of judges, for everyone to vote for their favourite design.

History of the East Riding Flag

Purchasing East Riding Flags

The first East Riding flag was made by Flying Colours of Knaresbrough. Printed and hand-made East Riding flags can now be purchased from them.

Polyester economy East Riding flags can be purchased from World Flag Shop They are 5ft x 3ft and cost – £6.25 + p&p.

North Riding Flag

The North Riding flag was registered on the UK Flag Registry on Saturday 4 May 2013 after the unfurling at The Strathmore Arms. The unfurling was attended by the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Peter Scrope, the Vice-Chairman of Durham Council, the Vice Chairman of North Yorkshire Council and the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees Council. At the unfurling the opening address outlined the background to the North Riding flag. Although the designer of the flag, Jason Saber, was unable to attended his address was read by Philip Tibbetts from the Flag Institute.

North Riding Flag

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York sent the following message of support: ‘I am delighted to send greetings from the City of York on the occasion of the unfurling of the new North Riding Flag.  I hope many in the region will look with pride upon this new emblem for the North Riding area.  Very best wishes to all involved in the creation and unfurling of the flag’.

The Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Cllr Denise Bunn, sent the following message of support: “My sincere apologies that I am unable to attend on Saturday for the North Riding Flag Unfurling.  My very best wishes to you and everybody concerned on what I’m sure will be a lovely day and a special occasion at Holwick.”

Middlesbrough Council made no comment.

The North Riding flag was designed by Jason Saber from Kent.

The flag was chosen by a public vote, following a competition to design a flag for the North Riding which was launched on Wednesday 16 January 2013 in the Teesdale Mercury. Six designs were selected from numerous entries, by a panel of judges, for everyone to vote for their favourite design.

History of the North Riding Flag

Purchasing North Riding Flags

The first North Riding flag was made by Flying Colours of Knaresbrough. Printed and hand-made North Riding flags can now be purchased from them.

Polyester economy North Riding flags can be purchased from  World Flag Shop They are 5ft x 3ft and cost – £6.25 + p&p.

West Riding Flag

The West Riding flag was registered on the UK Flag Registry on Thursday 23 May after the unfurling outside the Civic Hall, Leeds. The unfurling was attended by Councillor Bernard Bateman, Chairman of North Yorkshire Council, the Councillor Alan Barry, Chairman of Cumbria Council and Councillor Claude Mole, the Chairman of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. At the unfurling  the opening speech outlined the background to the West Riding flag. Although the designer of the flag, Michael Faul, was unable to attend his address was read by Ian Sumner from the Flag Institute.

 West Riding Flag

The following messages where received from Civic Leaders unable to attend the unfurling:

  • Calderdale – Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Ann Martin:“With regret, I am unable to attend the West Riding flag unfurling ceremony in Millenium Square, Leeds, however, I am delighted to send greetings from Calderdale on this occasion.”
  • Doncaster – Civic Mayor of Doncaster, Councillor Christine Mills: “I wish you success with your flag unfurling”
  • Leeds –  Lord Mayor of Leeds: “Sends his best wishes and hopes your event is successful”
  • Oldham – Mayor of Oldham: “It is with regret that I am unable to attend the unfurling of the West Riding Flag.  May I take this opportunity, on behalf of the people of Oldham, to send best wishes for what I am sure will be a wonderful occasion.”
  • Rotherham – Deputy Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Barry Dodson: “Best wishes to you for a successful and enjoyable event”
  • Sheffield – Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Vickie Priestley: “I am sorry that I cannot be with you today for the unfurling of the first West Riding flag but send my best wishes to all involved in this special event for a successful and enjoyable day.”

Barnsley, Bradford, Kirklees, Lancashire, Wakefield, York councils made no comment.

The West Riding flag was designed by Michael Faul from York.

The flag was chosen by a public vote, following a competition to design a flag for the West Riding which was launched on Wedenesday 23 January 2013. Six designs were selected from numerous entries, by a panel of judges, for everyone to vote for their favourite design.

History of the West Riding Flag

Purchasing West Riding Flags

The first West Riding flag was made by Flying Colours of Knaresbrough. Printed and hand-made West Riding flags can now be purchased from them.

Polyester economy West Riding flags can be purchased from World Flag Shop They are 5ft x 3ft and cost – £6.25 + p&p.

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