THE Dorset Cross has been voted in as the flag of choice for Dorset with more than 2,000 votes - over half of those cast.

The bold white cross design - submitted by Dave White of Dorchester - was selected from four entries and will now represent the county.

He said: "We're very pleased about the result - we're glad that when it went to a vote, what we believed has been proven. We're thankful for the process that's got us here."

The flag was always the popular choice, having been adopted by Wimborne Minster Town Council and received backing from the town criers.

Flag C, with a cross and oak leaf design, came in second place with 856 votes Chair of the panel, Graham Bartram, chief Vexillologist of the FlagInstitute, said: "It's clear that Dorset people love their county and are keen to have a flag which represents it."