Gloucestershire's new flag launched
THIS is the official new flag of Gloucestershire.
The blue represents the River Severn flowing into the heart
of the county, the green is for the countryside and the cream
for Cotswold Stone.
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The Gloucestershire flag, designed by Jeremy Bentall, was
the winning entry in a competition held by the county's former
High Sheriff Jonathan Carr, to commemorate the 1,000th
anniversary of the county's existence.
When he discovered he had won Jeremy, a mental health
worker, from Hucclecote, said: “I was initially very surprised
but equally delighted and quite proud. The remit from the High
Sheriff was to keep things as simple and traditional as
possible and that's what I tried to do.
“It was great to see the flag hoisted. The rain stayed off
and there was even a bit of wind.”
The final decision was made by Mr Carr with the help of his
The couple attended the flag's official launch at a ceremony
at Shire Hall, on Tuesday.
Mrs Carr said: “It was a clear, simple design. When we
opened the envelope containing the design we both looked at it
and said this is the winner.
“When we took it to a top flag designer in London they
picked it out straight away as well.
“We had a thousand entries and many were from children. They
were more like drawings of old spot pigs and cheese rolling,
which were beautiful in their own right but not as strong.”
The current High Sheriff, Brian Thornton, said: “The
Gloucestershire flag is a most appropriate design, combining
the green of the Golden Valley, the blue of the River Severn
and the gold of Cotswold Stone. I shall be flying it whenever I
can at home and I hope other Gloucestershire residents with a
flag pole will be doing the same.”
Sue Raison, of Gloucestershire County Council, was in charge
of getting the flag produced. She said: “It was made by a
company in London. We sponsored the first batch of flags to be
produced and we are hosting an exhibition in Shire Hall of the
winner and the 80 best entries.
“We've had 30 made and they have gone out to partner
organisations such as the district councils, and the University