East Lothian Council

Design a flag for East Lothian


An open competition to design a brand new and distinctive civic flag for East Lothian has been launched.

Run jointly by East Lothian Council and the Scottish Flag Trust, in association with the Lord Lyon and East Lothian Courier, the competition is open to anyone and is free to enter.

The closing date for entries is 28 February 2018, so there is plenty of time for individuals and groups with artistic or creative skills to work up their submissions.

At present East Lothian does not have a flag of its own, though the county is of course associated with the St Andrew's Cross or Saltire - East Lothian being well known as the birthplace of Scotland's flag.

The design a flag for East Lothian guidelines provide a great deal of advice to aspiring flag designers. There is emphasis on the need to keep any design simple, not to use too many colours or any words or be as intricate as a formal coats of arms. The guidance asks that the design should try to be recognisable and reflect East Lothian as a whole.

Once the competition deadline of 28 February has passed, an assessment panel will meet to consider all the submitted designs, with a view to selecting a small number of the very best designs. The panel will comprise the Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian and representatives from the Court of the Lord Lyon, East Lothian Council, the Scottish Flag Trust and the East Lothian Courier.

In line with best practice, there will then be a public vote on the short-listed designs. All East Lothian residents will then have the opportunity to vote on the flag they believe to be the best. Details of how to vote will be widely advertised in advance. After the votes are counted, the winning design will be submitted to the Lord Lyon's office to allow it to be officially registered, a process that can take some months.

Finally, it is hoped that the winning design, the new civic flag for East Lothian, will be unveiled in November 2018 at a public event. The new flag will then be available for everyone to use.


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