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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Bedfordshire’s county flag raised to mark Historic County Flag Day

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Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils have marked Historic County Flag Day by flying the Bedfordshire County Flag outside Borough Hall and Priory House.

The Bedfordshire Flag, which is a community flag, was adopted as the county’s flag in September 2014. It is based on the banner of arms of the county council, which was abolished in 2009.

The red and yellow quadrants come from the coat of arms of the Beauchamp family. This was a prominent family in the county following the Norman Conquest. They also constructed Bedford Castle and were granted a barony at Bedford.

The black vertical panel with three escallops in the centre of the flag comes from the Duke of Bedford’s coat of arms.

The River Great Ouse, is represented by the blue and white wavy lines.

Also to mark the day, all 52 historic county flags have been raised in Parliament Square.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government said that the historic flags fluttering in unison serve as a reminder of our rich history.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said:

“Today is an opportunity to celebrate the rich tapestry of our shared national heritage.

“These flags represent local traditions and stories from every corner of Great Britain which people rightly take pride in.”

The full list of county flags that will be flown in Parliament Square can be found here:

Central Bedfordshire Council marks Historic County Flag Day Image: Central Bedfordshire Council
Central Bedfordshire Council marks Historic County Flag Day Image: Central Bedfordshire Council

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John Guinn
I am the editor of The Flitwick Chronicle. This is an independent, local news service based in Bedfordshire. The Chronicle provides local news that is investigative, inclusive and relevant to the residents of Flitwick.

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