THE chairman of Dorset County Council has said he is "impressed" by the commitment and enthusiasm to create a flag for Dorset.

But John Peake MBE said that for a Dorset flag to truly be owned by the district, the public need to say that is what they want.

And although an independent group has now ordered its flags, councillor Peake, who will meet with the group, says he is keen to hear people's views on the matter.

Cllr Peake said: "We are very pleased to be involved in the debate and would be happy to contribute to any process which would move a project like this forward.

"I would still like to know what people in Dorset think, if they would like a county flag. We have got to get Bournemouth and Poole on-side too."

Dorchester's David White and ex-pat Stephen Coombs came up with the Saint Wite's Cross design in red, white and gold, after realising that Dorset County Council's coat of arms only represented that organisation, not the county of Dorset.

Mr White said the majority of people were positive about the idea and the scheme has recently been backed by the town criers.

The first batch of flags is now on order.

There will be 20 smaller flags measuring 12 inches by 18 inches, which are expected next week.

The campaigners have also ordered 100 bigger flags that are expected in May.

Town crier Chris Brown added: "This is a flag by the people for the people."

Any surplus profit made will be ploughed into charitable causes.

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