New flag of Northamptonshire raised at County Hall

New flag raised at County Hall in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

The new flag of Northamptonshire was raised at County Hall in Northampton this morning.

The council say they decided to create the flag during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, when they attended a garden party at Burghley House and were asked to bring their county flag. They realised that many other counties had flags, but that Northamptonshire did not have one of its own.

The final design was chosen through a public vote, from ideas submitted by school pupils, individuals and community groups. One design came from as far away as Australia.

The flag was raised this morning to coincide with Northamptonshire's first ever County Day, also created as part of the project.

The council chose 25 October as it is St Crispin's Day, the patron saint of shoes. Northampton is famous for its shoe-making history.