nothing like a flag to act as a symbol of pride and identity to
promote a particular country or region.
Cornwall has one and so does Yorkshire and Kent, but until now Devon
has made do without a flag.
But many Devonians have long felt that Devon was in need of an easily
recognised icon to help promote Devon products and tourism.
The idea of a flag for Devon was first raised here
on the BBC Devon website.
The debate culminated in a web-based poll, which led to the shortlist
of around a dozen designs submitted by Devonians both at home and
of the designs used the traditional Devon colours of black, green
The result of the first vote was so close that a second poll was
carried out to remove any doubt.
most favoured design topped both the original BBC Devon poll and
the follow-up shortlist vote, and was designed by BBC Devon contributor
machinist making one of the Devon flags.
design received 49% of the total votes cast in the final count.
Burns, a Devonian now living in North Lincolnshire, is one of those
who started the original debate.
"I have long thought that Devon should have its own flag, to
act as a symbol of pride for the people of Devon," said Bob.
"Devonians are only too aware of the ubiquitous Cornish flag,
which can often be seen in the form of car bumper stickers, on vehicles
entering Devon from Cornwall.
"Until now, there has been no way that Devonians could similarly
express their pride in their own County of Devon."
Bob added: "When Devonians were given the opportunity of selecting
a Flag for Devon, they voted in their hundreds and chose a design
which all Devonians should be proud of."
group promoting the new flag has now contacted the Flag Institute,
which is one of the world's main research and documentation centres
It collects and provides all kind of flag information, from past
and present, from all over the world.
the flag on the Devon coast.
flag makers are offering the Devon flag at prices ranging from £7
for a small flag to £95 for a full size version.
Car stickers and other merchandise is also availbale based on the
of those closely involved in selecting the flag was Paul Turner,
who is from Devon originally but has lived in Australia for 17 years.
"We are in the process of registering the Flag with the Flag
Institute and we have also contacted Flags of the World," said
"We have contacted Devon County Council and whilst they have
not formally endorsed the flag, they have said that if anyone asks
them about a Devon flag design they will refer to this flag."
The Devon Flag Group has suggested a list of days where people all
over the world are being encouraged to fly the Devon Flag.
idea is to focus on specific days which are special to Devon, and
on which the flying of the Devon Flag is most appropriate.
A number of those days are linked to special events such as the
Devon County Show and others celebrate some famous maritime events.
In addition several are based on those days associated with the
ancient saints of Devon or those who have a special association
with the county.
Chief Executive of South West Tourism, Malcolm Bell, said a flag
for Devon would re-enforce the strong regional identity.
"You see what it's done for Scotland and Wales, as well as Cornwall,"
"It gives the idea that somewhere is special, and it gives the feeling
of a sense of place. It says that this is a place that's proud of
where it is and is proud of itself."