New East Riding flag is unveiled

The new East Riding flag is unveiled at Beverley Minster - Andy Strangway, Susan Cuniliff Lister, Claude Mole, Fiona Mayer Jones, Cliff Trotter, Trevor Appleton.
The new East Riding flag is unveiled at Beverley Minster - Andy Strangway, Susan Cuniliff Lister, Claude Mole, Fiona Mayer Jones, Cliff Trotter, Trevor Appleton.

The top design in a competition to create the first East Riding of Yorkshire flag was unfurled last week.

At Beverley Minster the Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding Susan Cunliffe-Lister, along with Andy Strangeway, who organised the competition, revealed the design chosen by a public vote.

The design was created by Kirkburn residents, Trevor and Thomas Appleton - a father and son team.

Trevor, 59, of Main Street, Kirkburn, said: “It was really exciting, I feel ecstatic and it is still sinking in. I belong to the Association of British Counties, and I heard about it through that.

“I was born in Beverley and I feel strongly about the proper boundaries of the East Riding. It was great to see it on top of the Minster.”

The blue of the flag represents the Yorkshire flag and the North Sea, while the green reflects the agriculture of the East Riding.

Trevor said his son, who is studying graphic design at Driffield School, drew up his idea onto the computer.

The Vice Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council attended the event.

Mr Strangeway said: “It was an absolutely wonderful day. The most important aspect to this competition is that it has been inclusive and everybody has worked together. This is a way to promote the identity of the East Riding.”

He will walk the flag around the county boundary at the end of May, and has invited members of the public to join him.

“For me I am an adventurer, I like being out doors. If anyone wants to join me they are very welcome,” said Mr Strangeway.

For further information email Mr Strangeway at info@island-man.co.uk