VOTING OPENS FOR SUTHERLAND FLAG
The voting for the Sutherland flag has now opened with the four finalist designs unveiled. This final set of 4 features a wide range of symbolism, colours and emblems including the eagle as well as stars, wildcat and a Nordic cross.
The original judging panel had chosen a set of finalists from over 350 entries sent in during the competition, before picking one. For this vote the panel has returned to those finalists – including the originally chosen flag – and all have now been approved by The Flag Institute and the Lord Lyon as meeting design requirements.
Voting can be done online at https://www.flaginstitute.org/wp/newhome/sutherland/ or by sending a letter or postcard with your choice, name and postcode to Sutherland Flag, c/o Highland Council, Drummuie, Golspie, Sutherland KW10 6TA Voting will be open for 4 weeks until Monday 26th November.
As the vote has been called to ensure unity in the county it has been stipulated that voters must live or work in Sutherland and include their name and address to allow for validation. Up to 10% of votes may be checked to verify eligibility, all votes will remain confidential and personal data deleted afterwards. It is hoped that there be no co-ordinated campaigning for or against any specific design, with people free to make their own choice.
The Flag Institute has been commissioned by the Sutherland Flag Committee to help support the vote and ensure the process, as well as the designs, meet best practice standards and are equivalent to those run elsewhere – namely Tiree and Sutherland’s northerly neighbour Caithness.
The vote will be considered to give the winner a binding mandate which will consequently be submitted back to the Court of the Lord Lyon. The winner will be revealed at an unveiling event, currently being planned and to be announced at a later date, after which it can be freely used by the public and businesses as a flag to be flown or an emblem on produce.
Philip Tibbetts, Honorary Vexillologist to the Court of the Lord Lyon said: “I look forward to seeing which design the public choose and fully commend the competition organisers for setting this vote up so rigorously. This vote follows the highest standards used elsewhere and brings the whole competition in line with the others in Scotland to date. All the finalists will make superb, bold flags and they showcase the rich range of heritage that the county enjoys”.