The flag of the East Riding of Yorkshire will be on show in the capital tomorrow (August 24) as the county celebrates the first East Riding Day.
But East Riding of Yorkshire Council will not fly the flag from County Hall in Beverley, despite Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles confirming it will be displayed outside his department’s offices in central London.
The flag was designed by father and son team Trevor and Thomas Appleton, from Kirkburn, following a competition organised by Pocklington decorator Andy Strangeway who was also behind the creation of a North Riding flag.
The first North Riding Day was celebrated yesterday, August 22, with North Yorkshire County Council hosting a civic lunch at County Hall in Northallerton while the flag flew outside.
Mr Strangeway said: “Why they have this ridiculous narrow-minded approach, I cannot understand it. I think they should be ashamed.”
An East Riding Council spokesperson said: “This is a flag and event promoted by Mr Strangeway and he is free to celebrate it as he wishes but we do not regard it as a matter for the Council.
“The council does celebrate the established Yorkshire Day 1 August and fly the Yorkshire flag and celebrate usually with the town crier and others in an East Riding community.
The three ancient Ridings of Yorkshire lost their administrative status in 1974 as part of a reorganisation of local government.
August 24 was chosen as East Riding Day as it is the birth date of Hull’s William Wilberforce
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles is backing a new guide to designing and registering flags after the Government relaxed rules on where they can be flown.
“As a proud Yorkshireman, I’m delighted to see my compatriots in the Ridings are renewing their sense of local pride with these newly designed flags,” he said.
“These new designs are absolutely great. This proves that your sense of belonging can’t be wiped out by a bureaucrat’s pen stroke on a map.”