Voters will soon get their chance to pick their favourite design to become East Lothian's official civic flag.

The competition to design a unique flag for East Lothian, which was launched in November, certainly captured the imagination of both local people and even those as far away as the USA and New Zealand, as we received 623 entries from people of all ages and from all over the UK and further afield.

Judging began in March with an initial sift of the huge number of designs submitted – the most in any civic flag design competition across Scotland. The final designs to go forward for the public vote will be chosen by the end of May. Voting will start in June 2018 for a period of around four weeks. Results will be kept under wraps while preparations are made to have the winning design made into a flag, which will be registered with the Lord Lyon and launched around St Andrew’s Day in November.

East Lothian Council Provost John McMillan, said:

I hope as many people as possible will vote for their favourite so we can truly have an East Lothian flag to be proud of. Provost John McMillan

“I am absolutely overwhelmed that we received so many entries of such a high standard – despite the fact this has obviously given us an enormously difficult job of whittling them down to a shortlist of up to six final designs! We will be in touch with everyone who took the time to submit a design in due course and the public vote will be launched soon”.

Chair of the Scottish Flag Trust, David Williamson, added:

“The response to the competition has been tremendous, especially from East Lothian schools, so a big thank you is due to everyone who participated. The quality of the submissions presented a challenge to the assessment panel, but some clear themes emerged, and these themes will be reflected in the best flag designs chosen to go forward to a public vote".

The final designs will be available to view and vote on at council offices, via our media partner The East Lothian Courier and on the council website.

Published: Thursday, 10th May 2018