On February 27th 2018, following the successful registration of flags for the Scottish islands of Barra and South Uist, a competition to establish one for the island of Tiree, Argyllshire, was announced. The joint initiative of Tiree Community Council
the competition is a consequence of a 2017 vote where the people of Tiree overwhelmingly backed a move by the Community Council to establish a flag for the island.
It ran from April 2nd to May 1st 2018 and entries are being assessed by a judging panel consisting of The Lord Lyon, the Flag Institute’s Philip Tibbetts and locals, Dr John Holliday, Ian Gillies, Rosemary Omand, Lachie Brown, Iain MacKinnon and Donna MacLean. The panel is to select six finalists from submissions received, which will be put to a public vote to determine the winner. The competition will be open to anyone to enter. Full details are available here.
In announcing the competition, Doctor John Holliday,
of Tiree Community Council, made reference to “a lovely Tiree tradition to fly flags in a township when someone is getting married” which serves as a wonderful incentive to create a specific Tiree flag to be used in this admirable practice!
The six finalists will be displayed during Tiree Show Day on 20 July 2018 where there will be an opportunity to vote in person. It will also be possible to vote online or by post, with the result announced on 1 September. Following the public vote, the winning design will be submitted to The Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh, for formal registration by the The Lord Lyon, as dictated by Scottish law. Upon completion of all these steps plans will be announced for a formal unveiling.
Dr Holiday further observed that “… many communities are deciding that flags are a good way to bring people together, to raise pride in where they live, and to show the world what they stand for.”