A Flag For Skye

Following the adoption of flags for Barra and South Uist, a competition has been announced to select one for Skye

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The office of the Lord Lyon, which is the body responsible for recording and protecting all heraldry, flags and national symbols in Scotland, has been petitioned to register the idea following initial meetings involving the Free Press, Highland Council ward members and tourism promoters Skye Connect. A steering group to take forward the process will involve representatives from local schools, volunteer, community and heritage groups. The Free Press plans to help run the competition.

Skye councillor John Finlayson said: “I have had lots of positive feedback about the plans for a flag for Skye and I am delighted we have made such good progress with the idea. I am excited to see what designs will come forward, and having a competition that encourages people of all ages to submit their designs is absolutely the right thing to do.” a flag for Skye and I am delighted we have made such good progress with the idea. I am excited to see what designs will come forward, and having a competition that encourages people of all ages to submit their designs is absolutely the right thing to do.”ncillor John Finlayson said: “I have had lots of positive feedback about the plans for a flag for Skye and I am delighted we have made such good progress with the idea. I am excited to see what designs will come forward, and having a competition that encourages people of all ages to submit their designs is absolutely the right thing to do.”

Philip Tibbetts, honorary vexillologist with the Court of the Lord Lyon, said: “It is fantastic to see Skye become the latest community start the journey of developing its own flag to fly proudly alongside the Saltire. Given Skye’s iconic nature, the potential for both the design and subsequent usage of a flag for the island is incredible. “Following the formal approach to the Lyon Court work can now begin to plan the timings and details.”

The arms used by Skye and Lochalsh council

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include a stag’s head with antlers, a representation of a castle, a birlinn or lymphad, the local vessel typically used in the waters around the island and a boar’s head, elements which may feature in any proposed flag.

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