Fly the Flag for Northamptonshire

A competition has been launched on Northamptonshire County Council’s website to find a flag for Northamptonshire.  The contest is open to schools, community groups or individuals to design a flag which they believe best represents the county.
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Chairman of the County Council, Cllr Joan Kirkbride said: “Over the past two years here in the UK we have had ample opportunities to get out there and wave flags, whether it has been to celebrate the Royal Wedding, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or supporting our Olympic heroes.
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The Parliamentary Flags & Heraldry Committee is now encouraging communities across the country to get involved and register their own flags. We think this is a golden opportunity for Northamptonshire to find a flag of which we can be proud.”
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All entries will be judged by a panel including:
·         Professor Jon Stobart – University of Northampton.
·         Cllr Joan Kirkbride – Chairman of the County Council
·         Alex Kirkbride
·         Cllr Heather Smith – Deputy Leader of Northamptonshire County Council
·         Cllr Johnnie Amos – Commonwealth Flag Project and County Flag Co-ordinator
·         Philip Tibbetts – The Flag Institute, London
·         David Smith – Northamptonshire County Cricket Club
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These panellists will choose a final set of five designs. which will then be open for the public to vote on the council’s website.
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The competition schedule is as follows:
      Friday January 17 – last date for entry submissions
      Monday January 20 to January 31 – short list decided by judging panel
      February 24 to April 21 – Public vote to decide the most popular entry,
     which will take place on the Council website.
      May – winner announced
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To find out full details of the competition visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk.
Here there are details of how to enter, closing dates for entry,
plus tips for any budding flag designers who want to take part!
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The map below shows those counties who have already registered flags. Perhaps they can  give some ideas for future flag designers.

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