The county day was chosen as part of the vote that also selected the county flag. The other options in the vote can be considered to be other particularly appropriate dates on which the Northamptonshire flag can be flown. These include:
5th January – Death of Philippa of England – Born in the historic county of Northamptonshire, she became Queen, and even Regent, of Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
26th February – Radar first demonstrated – In Upper Stowe.
31st May – Death of Waltheof – 1st Earl of the county and last of the Anglo-Saxon earls.
28th July – Battle of Talavera – Battle honour and anniversary of the Northamptonshire Regiment, who became nicknamed “The Heroes of Talavera”
The Bedfordshire County Day was chosen by popular vote.
The other nominations also offer particularly appropriate dates for flying the Bedfordshire flag.
19 January – Earldom (later Dukedom) of Bedford recreated, 1550
12 April – Bedfordshire County Council officially granted coat-of-arms, 1951
20 June – Siege of Bedford Castle begins, 1224
13 August – Blenheim Day: the Bedfordshire Regiment and its successors celebrate the anniversary of the battle, 1704
2 September – Birth of prison reformer John Howard, 1726
14 October – First flight of the airship R101 from Cardington, 1929
6 November – 1st and 2nd Battalions Bedfordshire Regiment meet at Bailleul en route to Ypres, 1914
15 November – First High Sheriff of Bedfordshire appointed, 1575
25 November – Feast of St Catherine, patron saint of spinners, weavers and lacemakers
15 December – Birth of Olympic athlete Harold Abrahams, 1899