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[Tiree proposal] image located by Tomislav Todorović, 18 September 2018

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Description of the flag

The winner of the contest for a flag for Tiree, with 56% of 1,598 votes, is the Sun of Barley flag, which was created by Donald Cameron, born at Tiree, currently living in London. The new flag was unveiled on 2018-09-08. It was also added to the UK Flag Registry of the Flag Institute.

[1] Tiree Flag Competition website:
[2] Flag Institute website - Tiree Flag at the UK Flag Registry:
[3] British County Flags website - Tiree Flag (along with the winning design, presents all finalists an several other proposals):
Tomislav Todorovic, 18 September 2018

Flag competition

The adoption of flag for the island of Tiree, Scotland is under way. The competition for the flag design was announced on 2018-02-26, officially opened on 2018-04-02 and closed on 2018-05-01. The selection panel has chosen four finalists out of 261 proposals. The voting, both on- and off-line, will last from 2018-07-20 to 2018-08-10 and the winner will be announced on 2018-08-13.

[1] Tiree Community Council website:
[2] Tiree Flag Competition website:
Tomislav Todorovic, 5 July 2018

The Proposals

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The selection panel running the Tiree Flag Competition has chosen four finalists to face the public vote.

It had a difficult job. There were 261 entries to the competition from as far afield as Switzerland and Canada, ranging from simple crayon sketches to sophisticated computer-generated images. Many entries used the Nordic cross that has been adopted by Barra and South Uist, but employing different colours. Stripes of one form or another, representing the colours of the sand, sea and machair were another popular choice. Other designers used waves, the sun and representations of the wind to convey the essence of Tiree.

The panel of eight making the selection had been set up by Tireeís community council, and consisted of the Lord Lyon from Edinburgh, Scotlandís flag authority; Philip Tibbetts from the Flag Institute in London, who has helped to get recognition for new flags in Barra and Caithness; Dr John Holliday; Ian Gillies; Lachie Brown; Iain MacKinnon, Hillcrest; Donna MacLean and Annine MacLean. Philip Tibbetts then worked on the finalistsí designs to bring them into line with heraldic convention.

We hope to have the finalistsí flags made and flying side-by-side at the Agricultural Show in Crossapol on Friday 20 July, where those on the showground itself can cast a vote. There will also be voting slips in the islandís newspaper, An Tirisdeach, in the issue following the Show, and online voting through SurveyMonkey, which will remain open for two weeks after 20 July. We will announce the winner on Monday 13 August.

Tomislav Todorovic, 5 July 2018