Gazette readers invited to enter competition to design historic flag for national park.
NORTH Devon Gazette readers are being invited to make history by designing the official flag to represent Exmoor.
A competition to design a dedicated flag for the national park has been launched this week and people have until Monday, July 21, to submit their ideas.
It has won the backing of the Exmoor Society and the Exmoor National Park, and the winning design, chosen by a public vote, will be unfurled at a major Exmoor National Park event on Wednesday, October 29.
The flag will be officially registered with the Flag Institute, free for all to fly, and will help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the national park.
Friends Edward and Julie Christian, and Tony and Ceri Keene, from Brushford, near Dulverton, formed the Exmoor Flag Project team in a bid to establish a dedicated flag for the national park.
Julie said the team was confident that an official flag would be ‘widely beneficial’ to Exmoor and the surrounding area.
“We strongly believe the time is ripe to encompass all that is great about Exmoor under a single recognisable banner,” she said.
“The flag should be generated by Exmoor loving people, for the good of Exmoor to express pride in the community, celebrate heritage and culture of this corner of the country and to raise recognition and awareness of Exmoor nationwide.
“This flag will also be the way to take a little piece of Exmoor, your pride and joy, to the four corners of the globe. Inspiration for the flag design can be drawn from Exmoor’s unique landscape, its windswept moors, ancient woods, valleys, farmland and coast or its indigenous wildlife.”
The competition is open to all and free to enter, although entry is limited to one design per person.
Designs can be produced in any medium on A4 paper and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Exmoor Flag Competition, The Old Stores, Brushford, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9AH.
Be sure to include your name, address, contact telephone number and rationale for your design.
For full details, terms and conditions and entry form, visit www.exmoorflag.co.uk
You can also follow @exmoor flag on Twitter and find Exmoor Flag Competition on Facebook