Fly the flag for Somerset County day
Save the date - 11th May
Every year communities across the County come together and #flytheflag in support of Somerset Day. This is the day when all lovers of the County, residents, businesses and public buildings alike show their pride and united local spirit.
The history of the Somerset County flag
The County flag of Somerset in its current form is a comparatively new addition to the list of UK national flags coming into use on 4th July 2013 at a flag hoisting ceremony in Taunton after an extensive County-wide competition.
Ed Woods, of Curry Rivel, born in Yeovil won the competition with his design based on ancient symbols associated with the county and polled the most votes in a countywide competition run by Newsquest Somerset in association with BBC Somerset.
The design takes much from the ancient flag of Wessex and back further to the Roman cohort. The red dragon rampant (*some call it a Wyvern) on a bright yellow background is similar to the County Council flag of Somerset which again depicts a red dragon but holding a blue mace on a white background overall - the mace representing the authority of the Council.
Judge Robin Ashburner BEM FIAV, Somerset resident, ex farmer, long time flag maker and past president of the Flag Institute, confirmed the organisation would be adopting it as the County’s official flag.