Dorset flag flying above HQ of the Department for Communities and Local Government in London

HERITAGE: The Dorset flag at the DCLG HQ

HERITAGE: The Dorset flag at the DCLG HQ

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THE Dorset flag is flying in the heart of London.

The red, white, and gold standard has been seen for a week hoisted above the HQ of the Department for Communities and Local Government in Victoria.

Secretary of State, Eric Pickles MP, is flying each of the nation’s county flags for a week to show their importance to the nation’s heritage.

Chris Brown, Wimborne Minster’s town crier and a driving force behind the Dorset flag, said he was delighted that it was being flow in the capital.

“I think it’s fantastic. It shows the arrival of the Dorset flag into everybody’s consciousness. Simply put, it’s a great thing to have.

“It’s good to show a bit of regional pride, which is something I see a lot in other countries. The German towns all have a flag, and some the French departments.”

“We knew we were answering a need. As town criers, my colleagues and I had been asked countless times if there was a county flag.”

Its red, white, and gold colours feature on the flags of a number of councils across Dorset, and in the standard of the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.

The gold – drawn from Dorset’s Saxon roots when a golden dragon represented the kingdom of Wessex, and symbolising the county’s cornfields and sandy beaches – was popular with citizens and sailors, said Chris.

“It’s a proper design, well thought-out, and has clearly has caught the mood of the people. They love the golden field. I was chatting to some sailors and they said the flag was visible at sea,” said Chris.

Cllr Angus Campbell, leader of Dorset County Council, said he was proud that the flag had been flown outside DCLG HQ.

“Dorset is an ancient county with a proud historical heritage. It is no surprise that Dorset folk have a distinctive pride in their identity and an instinctive love for their county.”

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8:04am Sat 6 Nov 10

Azphreal says...

So who actually created it and how long has it been Dorsets flag?
So who actually created it and how long has it been Dorsets flag? Azphreal
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8:22am Sat 6 Nov 10

Was Charlie says...

In 2008 people were invited to submit a design. 29 did. 4 were shortlisted and people voted for their choice through ballot boxes in the county’s libraries. The winner was Dave White of Dorchester and the flag went into production.

There are several articles on Dorset’s flag – use the search box at the top right of any Echo page to find them.
In 2008 people were invited to submit a design. 29 did. 4 were shortlisted and people voted for their choice through ballot boxes in the county’s libraries. The winner was Dave White of Dorchester and the flag went into production. There are several articles on Dorset’s flag – use the search box at the top right of any Echo page to find them. Was Charlie
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8:37am Sat 6 Nov 10

Roginthesouth says...

Was Charlie wrote:
In 2008 people were invited to submit a design. 29 did. 4 were shortlisted and people voted for their choice through ballot boxes in the county’s libraries. The winner was Dave White of Dorchester and the flag went into production. There are several articles on Dorset’s flag – use the search box at the top right of any Echo page to find them.
The end result is excellent and reflects the character of the county as stated in the report.
It’s a pity the same cost effective approach wasn’t taken with the 2012 Olympic logo.. Apologies for digressing, but it still looks as bad as the first day I saw it….
[quote][p][bold]Was Charlie[/bold] wrote: In 2008 people were invited to submit a design. 29 did. 4 were shortlisted and people voted for their choice through ballot boxes in the county’s libraries. The winner was Dave White of Dorchester and the flag went into production. There are several articles on Dorset’s flag – use the search box at the top right of any Echo page to find them.[/p][/quote]The end result is excellent and reflects the character of the county as stated in the report. It’s a pity the same cost effective approach wasn’t taken with the 2012 Olympic logo.. Apologies for digressing, but it still looks as bad as the first day I saw it…. Roginthesouth
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9:17am Sat 6 Nov 10

4FCB says...

How fabulous. I just wish more businesses and homeowners around our wonderful county would take the time and trouble to fly the flag. 
How fabulous. I just wish more businesses and homeowners around our wonderful county would take the time and trouble to fly the flag.  4FCB
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9:24am Sat 6 Nov 10

kathryn1 says...

How we got the Dorset flag:

http://dorsetflag.we
bs.com/aboutus.htm

Lucky we got one, or there'd just be an empty space outside the Ministry on 'our' weeks.

Roginthesouth, I agree about the 2012 Olympic logo. It's printed all over my latest debit card, and the bank couldn't supply one without it. I wouldn't use the card as it was, given what the logo resembles even, as you say, after all this time. Luckily a DVD marker obliterated it without affecting the card's functioning.
How we got the Dorset flag: http://dorsetflag.we bs.com/aboutus.htm Lucky we got one, or there'd just be an empty space outside the Ministry on 'our' weeks. Roginthesouth, I agree about the 2012 Olympic logo. It's printed all over my latest debit card, and the bank couldn't supply one without it. I wouldn't use the card as it was, given what the logo resembles even, as you say, after all this time. Luckily a DVD marker obliterated it without affecting the card's functioning. kathryn1
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9:26am Sat 6 Nov 10

MJD says...

So has any one yet found out were the Poole borough flag has gone ?
So has any one yet found out were the Poole borough flag has gone ? MJD
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10:15am Sat 6 Nov 10

Mickeypat says...

I'm clearly on my own thinking the Dorset flag is horrid! Where do we ever think that Yellow White and Red go together!!! I'm no Gok Wong but that is just plain awful. Black and Gold yes, even Red Black and Gold but not these colours. I think the severe lack of advertising the fact we were having a flag has been hugely detremental to Dorset. I agree with the bits on the Olympic logo though. Still looks horrid!
I'm clearly on my own thinking the Dorset flag is horrid! Where do we ever think that Yellow White and Red go together!!! I'm no Gok Wong but that is just plain awful. Black and Gold yes, even Red Black and Gold but not these colours. I think the severe lack of advertising the fact we were having a flag has been hugely detremental to Dorset. I agree with the bits on the Olympic logo though. Still looks horrid! Mickeypat
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10:36am Sat 6 Nov 10

tonyrichards1 says...

What a load of cobblers
What a load of cobblers tonyrichards1
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10:42am Sat 6 Nov 10

free wessex says...

Mickeypat wrote:
I'm clearly on my own thinking the Dorset flag is horrid! Where do we ever think that Yellow White and Red go together!!! I'm no Gok Wong but that is just plain awful. Black and Gold yes, even Red Black and Gold but not these colours. I think the severe lack of advertising the fact we were having a flag has been hugely detremental to Dorset. I agree with the bits on the Olympic logo though. Still looks horrid!
Yellow for Golden Cap near Charmouth, Red in honour of England St Geaorge, white St Wite Saint associated with Whitchurch Canonicorum
[quote][p][bold]Mickeypat[/bold] wrote: I'm clearly on my own thinking the Dorset flag is horrid! Where do we ever think that Yellow White and Red go together!!! I'm no Gok Wong but that is just plain awful. Black and Gold yes, even Red Black and Gold but not these colours. I think the severe lack of advertising the fact we were having a flag has been hugely detremental to Dorset. I agree with the bits on the Olympic logo though. Still looks horrid![/p][/quote]Yellow for Golden Cap near Charmouth, Red in honour of England St Geaorge, white St Wite Saint associated with Whitchurch Canonicorum free wessex
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11:22am Sat 6 Nov 10

Mickeypat says...

free wessex; thanks for that but it still looks disgusting!
free wessex; thanks for that but it still looks disgusting! Mickeypat
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1:48pm Sat 6 Nov 10

Phixer says...

4FCB wrote:
How fabulous. I just wish more businesses and homeowners around our wonderful county would take the time and trouble to fly the flag. 
The local council would not permit us to fly the Dorset County flag or the Union flag from our homes - it would upset our immigrants!
[quote][p][bold]4FCB[/bold] wrote: How fabulous. I just wish more businesses and homeowners around our wonderful county would take the time and trouble to fly the flag. [/p][/quote]The local council would not permit us to fly the Dorset County flag or the Union flag from our homes - it would upset our immigrants! Phixer
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5:23pm Sat 6 Nov 10

ray142 says...

Unless it can be whinged about or otherwise ridiculed its hard to must enthusiasm about anything around here. If you really want to see a county flag working, with everybody proud to fly it, pop down to Cornwall and see how many blackflags/white crosses you see.
Unless it can be whinged about or otherwise ridiculed its hard to must enthusiasm about anything around here. If you really want to see a county flag working, with everybody proud to fly it, pop down to Cornwall and see how many blackflags/white crosses you see. ray142
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7:29pm Sat 6 Nov 10

CoogarUK.com says...

Given what has happened to local democracy recently, I feel the flag should be flying at half mast.
Given what has happened to local democracy recently, I feel the flag should be flying at half mast. CoogarUK.com
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8:14pm Sat 6 Nov 10

Council Watcher says...

Its about time this country became more patriotic and flew the national and Dorset flags on public buildings and companies should also get in on the act as they do in most foreign countries that I have visited.
Its about time this country became more patriotic and flew the national and Dorset flags on public buildings and companies should also get in on the act as they do in most foreign countries that I have visited. Council Watcher
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11:59pm Sat 6 Nov 10

TheDistrict says...

Mickeypat wrote:
I'm clearly on my own thinking the Dorset flag is horrid! Where do we ever think that Yellow White and Red go together!!! I'm no Gok Wong but that is just plain awful. Black and Gold yes, even Red Black and Gold but not these colours. I think the severe lack of advertising the fact we were having a flag has been hugely detremental to Dorset. I agree with the bits on the Olympic logo though. Still looks horrid!
It was advertised for ages, both in the media, it had its own website, and much more.
.
Regardless of what Councils may think, we fly ours with pride on occasions, as we do with the St Georges Flag, the Union Flag, Armed Forces Day Flag, and any blooming flag I want to.
[quote][p][bold]Mickeypat[/bold] wrote: I'm clearly on my own thinking the Dorset flag is horrid! Where do we ever think that Yellow White and Red go together!!! I'm no Gok Wong but that is just plain awful. Black and Gold yes, even Red Black and Gold but not these colours. I think the severe lack of advertising the fact we were having a flag has been hugely detremental to Dorset. I agree with the bits on the Olympic logo though. Still looks horrid![/p][/quote]It was advertised for ages, both in the media, it had its own website, and much more. . Regardless of what Councils may think, we fly ours with pride on occasions, as we do with the St Georges Flag, the Union Flag, Armed Forces Day Flag, and any blooming flag I want to. TheDistrict
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11:47pm Sun 7 Nov 10

muskatoon says...

Couple of points, the flag was not Dave White's on his own there were a lot of people involved in promoting it and getting it out there. We had significant sponsorship from Businesses in Wimborne to get it off the ground.

The design conforms to The Flag Institute and heraldic rules which are logical if you have time to read them. However the Devon and Wiltshire flags for example do not.

We were never going to please everyone with this Mickypat but we know it is being flown in USA, Canada, Australia, NZ, Afghanistan, Iraq, Spain by ex-pats and serving forces. If it helps people connect with the home they love then that has to be a good thing.

The colours were also those of the very first Dorset Regiment, which to me is as good a foundation as you can get.

I am with ray142 that this is a strange land inhabited by whingers, i'll get me coat ..... ;-)
Couple of points, the flag was not Dave White's on his own there were a lot of people involved in promoting it and getting it out there. We had significant sponsorship from Businesses in Wimborne to get it off the ground. The design conforms to The Flag Institute and heraldic rules which are logical if you have time to read them. However the Devon and Wiltshire flags for example do not. We were never going to please everyone with this Mickypat but we know it is being flown in USA, Canada, Australia, NZ, Afghanistan, Iraq, Spain by ex-pats and serving forces. If it helps people connect with the home they love then that has to be a good thing. The colours were also those of the very first Dorset Regiment, which to me is as good a foundation as you can get. I am with ray142 that this is a strange land inhabited by whingers, i'll get me coat ..... ;-) muskatoon
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6:26pm Thu 11 Nov 10

Dorsetdogdelights says...

4FCB wrote:
How fabulous. I just wish more businesses and homeowners around our wonderful county would take the time and trouble to fly the flag. 
Personaly I love the flag and i enjoyed following its progress from the start.
We are a small local Business "Dorset Dog Delights" and whenever we are at dog shows or camps the Dorset flag is flying over our stall. We have even incorporated the flag into our flyers and banners.
[quote][p][bold]4FCB[/bold] wrote: How fabulous. I just wish more businesses and homeowners around our wonderful county would take the time and trouble to fly the flag. [/p][/quote]Personaly I love the flag and i enjoyed following its progress from the start. We are a small local Business "Dorset Dog Delights" and whenever we are at dog shows or camps the Dorset flag is flying over our stall. We have even incorporated the flag into our flyers and banners. Dorsetdogdelights
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