Historic County flags day will be celebrated across the UK this Saturday (23 July) with all 52 historic county flags being raised in Parliament Square to mark the occasion.
The historic County Durham flag was raised by local MPs representing constituencies within the historic boundary of County Durham.
These historic flags fluttering in unison serve as a reminder of our rich history and is part of the government’s mission to celebrate the traditions that bind our communities together and instil pride in the places we live as we build back better from the pandemic.
The historic County Durham 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 which was launched on Monday 1 July 2013. Six designs were selected from numerous entries, by a panel of judges, for everyone to vote for their favourite design. The County Durham flag is a free, public symbol for all to use, especially on 20th March each year which is not only County Durham Day but also St Cuthbert’s birthday.
Peter Gibson MP said: “Today is an opportunity to celebrate the rich tapestry of our shared national heritage and the historic County Durham flag represents our local traditions and cultural journey, which people rightly take pride in”