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Flag celebrates Devon's heritage
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Celebrate Devon's heritage by flying the flag wherever you are in the world.

Devon has a brand new flag which it's hoped will become a symbol of pride in the county.

You chose the distinctive green and white design following a heated debate on the BBC Devon website.

Send us your photos and show us where YOU are flying the new Devon flag

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The first flag poll results

After months of discussion a county flag has finally been made. BBC Radio Devon's Ben Lowings went out onto the streets of Devon with the newly produced flag to gauge public reaction.....
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4th January: St Rumon of Tavistock and Romansleigh

7th January: St Brannock

5th March: St Piran - patron saint of tin miners on both sides of the Tamar, and in recognition of our Cornish colleagues.

7th April: St Brannock - as celebrated in Exeter May Bank Holiday Anniversary of the first time the flag was flown (at the World Gig championships on the Isles of Scilly)

May: Whilst Devon County Show being held

3rd June: St Kevin

4th June: St Petroc (to whom the Devon Flag is dedicated)

5th June: St Boniface of Crediton

6th June: St Gudwal - hermit of Devon

17th June: St Nectan of North Devon

21st/22nd June: Midsummer

26th June: St Brannock - feast day

8th July: St Urith of Barnstaple/Chittlehapton

13th July: St Juthware (sister of St Sidwell)

30th July: Anniversary of the battle against the Spanish Armada off Plymouth

2nd August: St Sidwell

10th August: St Geraint of Dumnonia

30th August: St Rumon - feast day

26th September: Anniversary of Drake's circumnavigation of the world in 1580

2nd November: St Cumgar

5th November:St Kea of Landkey, Guy Fawkes night, Burning Barrel festival at Ottery St Mary, and the 'turning of the stone' at Shebbear

7th November: St Congar

8th December: St Budoc of Plymouth

12th December: St Corentin

21st/22nd December: Midwinter

31st Dec-6th Jan: New Year's Eve to twelfth night. .


News of the Devon Flag is travelling far and wide - here are some links:

Cream Tea County In Flap Over Flag
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Devon Flag goes Global
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Kevin Flags Up A Passion For Devon's New Emblem

Herald Express

Devon's New Flag Flies Into Criticism
Herald Express

Flying Devon's Colours
Western Morning News

Green Flag Appropriate, Even City Used Colour!
Western Morning News Letters page

Flag Has More To Do With Plymouth Than Devon
Western Morning News Letters page

Devon Gets Own Flag
Western Morning News

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There's 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 abroad.

Many of the designs used the traditional Devon colours of black, green and white.

The result of the first vote was so close that a second poll was carried out to remove any doubt.

The most favoured design topped both the original BBC Devon poll and the follow-up shortlist vote, and was designed by BBC Devon contributor Ryan Sealey.

Manfacturing the flag
A machinist making one of the Devon flags.

The design received 49% of the total votes cast in the final count.

Bob 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."

The group promoting the new flag has now contacted the Flag Institute, which is one of the world's main research and documentation centres for flags.

It collects and provides all kind of flag information, from past and present, from all over the world.

Flying the flag on the Devon coast
Flying the flag on the Devon coast.

Commercial 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 same design.

Another 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 Paul.

"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.

The 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.

The 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," he said.

"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."

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