IT'S North Devon Day this Saturday and all over the region people will be flying the flag to celebrate the unique character of our region. The event is the idea of Teresa Crossman, who, with her family, has designed and marketed a North Devon Flag. Local

IT'S North Devon Day this Saturday and all over the region people will be flying the flag to celebrate the unique character of our region.The event is the idea of Teresa Crossman, who, with her family, has designed and marketed a North Devon Flag.Local communities have organised their own events to mark the occasion and to raise money for North Devon Hospice.Barnstaple is leading the way with a morning of celebrations based on the new Square.First, at 10.30am, the six characters vying for the title Most Popular Historical Figure will be paraded before shoppers at Brian Ford's store at Seven Brethren, courtesy of volunteers from the Barnstaple Heritage Centre. Gazette readers have been casting their votes in the fun competition and the three gaining the most support will be revealed in the store. They will then be transported to the new Square, where the winner will be announced at 11am.The choice is between Grace Beaple, John Gay, General Monck, William Rock, Sir Francis Chichester and Charles Kingsley. Be quick to cast your vote. The online poll closes tomorrow (Thursday) These votes will be added to those sent in to the Gazette office.After this, there will be entertainment from the Barnstaple Town Majorettes and youngsters from the Neat Feet Dance Academy among other attractions.Elsewhere in the region, The Milky Way Adventure Park near Clovelly is donating half its entrance takings to North Devon Hospice.Trevor Stanbury, from The Milky Way, said: "We are supporting North Devon Day because we love the region - and because North Devon Hospice and fund-raiser Ali Hunt are two of its treasures."Ali Hunt said she was thrilled at the response there had been to the idea and hoped there would be another event next year. "We have deliberately kept the celebration fairly low key this year, but it's clear that it has captured the imagination of many," she said.