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Flag of Somerset

Proportion 3:5
Adopted July 2013
Design Or, a Dragon Rampant Gules
Designed by Ed Woods

The flag of Somerset is the flag of the English county of Somerset. A campaign had been running between 2006–09 in support of a flag[1] and subsequently the Association of British Counties had taken up the campaign.[2] The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Elizabeth, Lady Gass, had shown her support as had David Heath MP and the local TV, radio and newspapers. The flag was adopted following a competition in July 2013.


  • History 1
  • Somerset County Council Armorial Banner 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Late in 2005 enquiries were made as to the potential usage of Somerset County Council's logo[3] as a flag of the county either in its current form or in a modified form without the mace (the symbol of the Council's authority). The response was that the people of Somerset could fly the Council's flag to show their support for both their council and county. This reaffirmed the position that the logo is the property of Somerset County Council and not the county at large. Strong support for a flag subsequently came from David Heath, Lady Gass, as well as coverage from the Western Daily Press, Somerset County Gazette,[4] and BBC Somerset[5] in addition to Orchard FM and Ivel FM.

In 2006, resident Ed Woods set up a website proposing a flag for the county. This version entailed a red wyvern on a yellow background with no mace. However, as of December 2009, the website ceased and the campaign was taken over by the Association of British Counties as part of a wider effort to recognise more county flags.[2]

In May 2013, the Somerset County Gazette, together with a local law firm, Pardoes, announced a county-wide competition for residents to design a new flag for Somerset, which was subsequently won by the design submitted by Ed Woods.[6]

Somerset County Council Armorial Banner

Somerset Council Armorial Banner
Commercially-available variant flag

Somerset County Council was awarded its coat of arms by the

External links

  1. ^ Somerset flag campaign site – Archived from 2009
  2. ^ a b Association of British Counties – County Flag proposals
  3. ^ Somerset Logo
  4. ^ Flag for Somerset
  5. ^ Does Somerset need its own flag?
  6. ^ Design a flag for Somerset
  7. ^ Somerset banner


but technically as it bears the mace it still represents the County Council. A commercial version of this armorial banner still currently exists, on a white background with 'Somerset' stenciled on the top of the flag. [7]

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