County Durham

Flag Type:  County Flag
Flag Date:  21st November 2013
Flag Designer:  James, Katie and Holly Moffatt
Adoption Route:  Public Vote
UK Design Code:  UNKG7439
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  Blue 286, Yellow 109
Certification:  Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram

The flag is based on the St Cuthbert’s cross, with the whole design counter-changed horizontally between the County Durham colours of blue and yellow.

The flag was chosen by a public vote, following a competition to design a flag for County Durham. Six designs were selected from numerous entries, by a panel of judges, for everyone to vote for their favourite design.

The flag was unfurled at Durham Cathedral. The unfurling was attended by Susan Snowden, the Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, Councillor Pauline Charlton the Chairman of Durham County Council, the Mayor of Darlington and the Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, Dean of Durham Cathedral. The flag was blessed by the Dean. After the unfurling the flag was hoisted from the top of the Cathedral by Katie and Holly Moffatt.

5 Responses to County Durham

  1. Norman John Ross 2 January 2017 at 10:03 am #

    If it was selected by a public vote then how come most people were not aware of this “vote” until after the flag was adopted?

    • George Wilkinson 17 April 2017 at 8:11 pm #

      You may have not been aware of the vote, but it was publicised in a number of local papers in the county at the time. The vote was run by local groups under the guidance of the Flag Institute, and was sanctioned by the county council.

      I don’t know how many people voted, or how many people actually saw that they could vote, but the parties involved tried to drum up as much publicity as possible.

      As an aside, as far as the newer county flags go (i.e. not including Kent, Cornwall, etc), it likely gets amongst the highest use. I frequently see it travelling about the county, especially in the the south and the dales. I haven’t seen it much in the city, Wearside or South Tyneside, unfortunately though.

      • Sean 8 July 2018 at 4:02 pm #

        Sunderland and South Shields are no longer part of Durham which is why they wouldn’t be flying it

        • George Wilkinson 13 October 2018 at 4:59 pm #

          They’re still part of the historic county, which is the flag of. I’m from Sunderland and still live in County Durham. Different council, same county.

        • George Wilkinson 13 October 2018 at 5:02 pm #

          In fact, since my original post, I have noticed it being flown increasingly in those areas.

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