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Somerset County Flag Competition - Vote Now

Posted on 6 June 2013

A Flag for Somerset.  Pardoes Solicitors

THE time has come for you to have your say in our Flag for Somerset competition.

The competition judges met this week to shortlist around 300 entries received from across the county as part of the contest.

We invited anyone who lives, works or was born in the county to submit designs which were shortlisted on Monday by judges Deborah Meaden, Dragons’ Den investor and Somerset entrepreneur; Robin Ashburner, past president of the Flag Institute; Tom Mayberry, head of heritage at Somerset County Council; Tamsin Curnow, editor of BBC Somerset; Nigel Muers-Raby, head of marketing at Pardoes, Col Tony McMahon, and Somerset County Gazette editor Alex Cameron.

Now the shortlist of 13 designs, produced by entrants ranging in age from six to 57, is published for the first time here today to readers who can vote for their favourite.

After viewing the entries, Deborah Meaden said: “The competition has caught the imagination of Somerset people from across the whole age range – it’s fantastic to see such creativity in our county.

“There’s a clear sense that people have a cohesive view of what Somerset is all about in terms of the imagery and symbolism used.”

Nigel Muers-Raby, head of marketing at Pardoes, added: “We were all astonished at the very high standard of entries and had a difficult task narrowing the field down.

“Judges were particularly excited by the number of entries from schoolchildren in Somerset and three of the finalists are aged under 15.”

Robin Ashburner, chairman of the judging panel and past president of the Flag Institute said: “Congratulations and thank you to all those who took part. I am confident that the winning flag from the public vote will be flown with pride right across the county.”

The winner of the competition will be the entry which receives the most public votes. The designer of the winning design will get £250 and there will be a bottle of bubbly (or substitute if under 18) for two runners-up. You can vote as many times as you like. The winning design will be refined where necessary, e.g. colours made complete and pencil marks/brush strokes removed.


Chose the design you would like to vote for from the 13 shortlisted ones on this page, reproduced below in no particular order, and note the two-digit number beneath it. No details of the designer are included but brief notes on the thinking behind the design are provided further below where they were given on the entry.

Vote in one of the ways listed below. The deadline for votes is 11.59pm on June 20, 2013.

BY PHONE: Call 0901-15105 adding the two digits under the flag design of your choice. For example if it was flag 99 you would like to vote for simply dial 0901-1510599.

BY TEXT: Send your text to 80360 starting with FLAG leave a space, followed by the two digits under the flag of your choice.

BY POST: Fill in the coupon you will find in today's County Gazette and in the next editions of the Bridgwater Mercury, Chard and Ilminster News, and Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News, clearly indicating the two-digit number of the design you are voting for. Return the coupon to: Flag for Somerset, Somerset County Gazette, St James Street, Taunton, TA1 1JR. Photocopies will not be accepted.


Calls cost no more than 51p Per Call from a BT Landline. Calls from mobiles and some other networks may cost more. Texts cost 50p plus your normal operator text charge. Telephone and text voting lines open 06/06/2013 and close 20/06/2013 at 23:59:59PM.

For Full terms visit www.newsquest.co.uk/terms and www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/flag  Service Provided by Newsquest Media Group. Customer Service 0800 280 0896. You can vote as many times as you like. The deadline for votes is 11.59pm on June 20, 2013.









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48 - Green for the hills and countryside, blue for the waterways, wetlands and coast, a golden sun and Somerset dragon.

49 - Blue and white waves represent the water of the Levels, moors, seas, rivers and canal and is a heraldic device. Hill represents the hills of the county, and the green represents the agricultural land; the hill also represents Glastonbury Tor as an iconic symbol in the middle of the county, which in itself represents historical connections and the famous festival of today. The tower represents the many church towers of the county. Somerset dragon  also represented.

50 - Purple for the heather on Exmoor, yellow for the gorse of the Blackdowns, green for the lush grass.

57 - Red Dragon (rampant) has been associated with Somerset for centuries and is the county’s most recognised symbol. Gold/yellow represents ‘Sumorsaete’ The power of the land of summer  - as called by the Saxons and ‘Glwad yr haf' Land of summer as called by the Welsh/Celts. Top left blue band the Bristol Channel and coastal land. Bottom left green band represents the pasture and agricultural land, and the top green band the hills and moorland. White cross is in keeping with the South West and flags of the bounding counties of Devon, Dorset and Gloucestershire (not Wiltshire) and the county of Cornwall.

59 - Maroon acknowledges the colours of Somerset County Cricket Club; green, white and gold represents the colours of the countryside as well as Yeovil Town FC. Dragon for its historical links to the county. Other symbols represent the Kings of Wessex, the water of the coastline and Levels and the apple/cider industry.

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