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image by Jason Saber, 6 July 2009
Lancashire seems to have followed the tracks of Yorkshire [in having a flag
recorded by the UK Flag Registry], but with less
presence in the media. In the "Lancashire Evening Post", 29 July 2008, Chris
Visser reported the registration of the new flag of Lancashire with the Flag
"The traditional red rose of Lancashire has turned yellow for the 21st century. For the first time, Lancastrians can wave this county flag ... without having to get planning permission first. But as the Scottish town of Montrose had already registered a flag with a red rose and white background, Lancashire has had to brighten things up. This new design has now officially been registered with the Flag Institute – meaning proud Lancastrians are free to wave it at will. Chris Dawson, chairman of the Friends of Real Lancashire, which registered the flag, said: "The Lancashire coat of arms is yellow and red, so the yellow seemed to be an appropriate colour. "It seems to have been favourably accepted by everyone who has seen it. I think it will show up better than the white, which often clashes against the clouds. We'd like to see everybody flying the Lancashire flag. We want to see it on public buildings."
The Flag Institute's chief flag expert, or vexillologist, Graham Bartram said: "One of our rules is that you can't have two flags which are the same, so we suggested that they modify the background. "It's quite a striking flag and we did research to make sure it was a Lancashire rose. The middle sepal on the Lancashire rose points upwards but downwards on the Yorkshire rose.""
Ivan Sache, 31 July 2008
image by Kevin Lea, 4 December 2007
The emblem of Lancashire is the red rose, in contrast to the white rose of
Yorkshire. However, this emblem does not seem to
have been used on a flag. The red rose was originally a symbol of
Lancaster, and seems to have been invented by Henry VII. He however used
the combined "Tudor Rose", so the red rose alone would never have been used.
Nathan Lamm, 9 September 2002
There is, apparently, an official
flag for Lancashire, but am reasonably certain that the one described above is
not it. I have no background so cannot confirm that this is the design, but the
one of which I am aware consists of three gold triangles (two upright and one
reversed) on a red field, with three red roses one in the centre of each
triangle. I have the definite feeling that the red rose on white described by
James is actually a commercial venture, and despite what he was told the only
flag I have ever seen flying from the County Hall in Preston is the Union Jack?
Christopher Southworth, 11 February 2006
I have seen a flag depicting the Lancashire rose flying outside what used to be
the office block for Leyland Motors known as Lancaster House. It used to be
flown alongside the Leyland Motors company logo flag at the front of the
building. However since Leyland Motors closed down some years ago, and the
building premises were taken over by Enterprise plc, I have seen no flag(s) flying from that particular mast.
A member from the Leyland forums kindly sent me a picture of what I believe to be the flag that was sometimes flown from outside Lancaster House. I am familiar with the flag, the Red Rose had 5 equally spaced sepals with the 'pointer' sepal orientated face down on the flag, on a white background. I was also interested to notice that the orientation of the rose sepals on the flag was the same as that which is depicted on its counterpart the Yorkshire flag. I cannot confirm whether this flag is official, my guess is that it will be as official as the Yorkshire counterpart.
Kevin Lea, 4 December 2007
image by Jason Saber, 6 July 2009
This flag is a banner of arms of Lancashire County Council.
Laurence Jones, 12 February 2006