Yorkshire – West Riding

Flag Type:  Regional Flag
Flag Date:  23rd May 2013
Flag Designer:  Michael Faul
Adoption Route:  Public Vote
UK Design Code:  UNKG7435
Aspect Ratio:  3:5
Pantone® Colours:  White, Red 186, Cream 617, Green 368/370, Yellow 109/116
Certification:  Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram

The flag shows the cross of St. George, the historic symbol of England, with the vertical band off-centre to the left, in the format adopted by most Scandinavian countries. This reflects Yorkshire’s Anglo-Scandinavian heritage, the county having been settled and ruled by Norwegians and Danes in the C8th & C9th as well as focussing the design on the hoist, westernmost, side. Placed at the centre of the cross is the traditional white rose of Yorkshire, in use since the fourteenth century, shown against a blazing sun, a heraldic combination known as a “rose-en-soleil”. The same combination of “rose en soleil” device and red and white colours appeared in the arms of the former West Riding Council of 1889-1974.

The flag was chosen by a public vote, following a competition to design a flag for the West Riding which was launched on Wednesday 23rd January 2013 with the Dalesman Magazine. Six designs were selected from numerous entries, by a panel of judges, for everyone to vote for their favourite design.

4 Responses to Yorkshire – West Riding

  1. Matt Gardner 27 July 2013 at 10:45 am #

    I understand the meaning for the St Georges cross on the flag, but really, RED on a Yorkshire flag?!!

  2. John Horton 5 August 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Hoping to get a West Riding of Yorkshire flag for our Community Trust pole at Burley-in-Wharfedale. Do we fly it on or about 23rd May (“Flag Date”) ? Or is that its creation date ? Please advise.

  3. John Vaughan 20 November 2017 at 12:20 am #

    Impressive, easily recognised even at a distance, distinctive and beautiful. Bravo, Zulu … Michael Faul and the Flag Institute!

  4. Errol Hannon 3 March 2020 at 2:41 pm #

    Fly the West Riding flag on March 29, anniversary of the Battle of Towton and now W R Day. The offset cross is Scandinavian in design and the Ridings (thrithjung) have existed since the Danelaw – over a thousand years until Westminster saw fit to remove them. The East has self restored, time for the West and North to do likewise.Make a start by flying the flag.

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