We have a County flag – why?

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A new county flag has been flown in Nottinghamshire for the first time. During an official launch, the green, red and white flag was raised at Nottingham Castle, Newark Castle and in Mansfield Market Place.

The design, which has been registered by the Flag Institute, was chosen by people who took part in an online vote on the BBC website. The idea to create a new flag came from BBC Radio Nottingham.

Two listeners contacted Andy Whittaker’s breakfast show, saying the county needed a flag for the Nottinghamshire public to fly. The presenter mentioned the idea on air and was apparently overwhelmed with the level of positive response, with people ringing in to his show and sending in their designs.

A panel of judges came up with the final design by combining elements from various ideas submitted to the radio station. The flag incorporates St George’s cross on a green background, and a shield with the Robin Hood emblem in its centre.

There is no official flag for the county but this is the only flag for Nottinghamshire registered with the Flag Institute. Apparently the Flag Institute maintains and manages the national registry of United Kingdom flags and this flag complies with its strict UK Flag Registry criteria.

My question would be ‘why do we need it?’ We have various logos for the City and County and this in my view just complicates the marketing of the City and County. Or am I just being grumpy?

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