A MAN has launched a competition to find a design fit for his quest to create the first East Riding of Yorkshire flag.
Andy Strangeway, 47, of Full Sutton, wants to see a flag which raises recognition of the entire East Riding, expresses community pride and celebrates the county’s heritage.
Members of the public have been invited to design the flag, which will be put to a public vote next month.
Mr Strangeway said: “It is not political, it is about our heritage and that is why it is significant.
“What the East Riding means to others is different – no-one’s opinions are more preferred than the other – that is why we want as many people to help design it as possible.
“Flags are an ancient art form, developed especially to clearly display allegiance and identity. Individuals, schools and other groups are invited to create proposals.
“We have all got different parts of what makes us who we are. The more people who submit designs is fantastic, the more that vote is fantastic.”
The design will be registered with the Flag Institute’s UK Flag Registry – the official body for recognising flags in the UK.
Philip Tibbetts assistant to the chief vexillologist of the Flag Institute, said: “Designing a flag is usually an incredibly popular thing, people love contributing to this sort of thing. Even when it is just a village you can get hundreds of submissions.
“I think the public really enjoy getting involved in their history.”
Mr Strangeways is a keen adventurer and in 2012 was the first person to sleep on the summits of England’s 39 counties, and the first to sleep on the summits of Wales’s 13 counties.
Once the flag is created he will walk around the border of the county with the flag, and he invites members of the public to join him in his journey.
The initiative follows recent similar successful schemes to design flags for the counties of Devon and Lincolnshire.
Hilary Slights, a member of the East Riding of Yorkshire Society and the judging panel, said: “I think everybody needs roots and in this day and age everybody is frantically searching for something to hang on to.
“I will be looking for something which typifies the East Riding, because all the Ridings are very different. Perhaps something to do with agriculture, the industry and the scenery.”
The deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 10 and an assessment panel will then choose the final set of six designs to be put to a public vote which will be held online beginning on Monday, February 18 and finishing on Sunday, March 17.
To enter the competition, visit andystrangeway.wordpress.com/east-riding-flag