NORTH Devon Council has received its own Devon flag to fly from the Civic Centre in Barnstaple. The distinctive green, white and black flag is often flown at County Hall, and it has become a common sight across Devon and further afield at sporting events

NORTH Devon Council has received its own Devon flag to fly from the Civic Centre in Barnstaple.The distinctive green, white and black flag is often flown at County Hall, and it has become a common sight across Devon and further afield at sporting events and recently at the Last Night of the Proms. Devon County Council has offered a limited number of flags to local councils so they can follow suit.The flag emphasises the county's history, especially its Celtic roots. The green symbolises the fields of Devon, white for the sea and our china clay industries and the black edge of the cross symbolises the granite mica of the moors. Devon County Council Leader Brian Greenslade, who is also Local Member for Barnstaple North, said: "The Devon flag is now becoming visible in more and more towns and villages across Devon, and I am doubly pleased that it will soon be flying above my home town of Barnstaple. People should and do show enormous pride in their county and the flag is an instantly recognisable symbolism of that pride."Mr Greenslade presented the flag to Councillor Roy Lucas, chairman of North Devon Council.