Cannock Chase Green Party is one of 18 local groups backing the call for the traditional Staffordshire flag to be adopted formally as the County Flag and now the people of Staffordshire get to decide.

Staffordshire County Council recently attempted to impose the administrative council emblem as the formal county flag and this has been challenged by a number of groups acting to protect the traditional bold design of a red chevron on a field of gold and the prominent feature of the golden knot.

The administrative banner submitted by the council incorporates the lion granted to it in 1931 to distinguish the council as an authoritative body. The traditional flag was established in the 17th century and reflects the historic county of Staffordshire which incorporates now metropolitan areas and parishes in Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton and Walsall.

The formal choice will now be made by the public through a vote hosted on the flag institute website. Everyone in historic boundary of Staffordshire can vote from 29th February to 9am Sunday 27th March 2016 with the chosen design being announced the following day.

It is a really positive outcome that the people of Staffordshire get to decide our flag and not just a few councillors. We encourage everyone get involved to vote and decide our flag, it should be the people’s choice.

We welcome the fantastic work done by those leading the campaign and in particular the Staffordshire Heritage Group who have been magnificent. The traditional design of “chevron and knot” is a strong identity from the heritage of the county and we hope the public back the vote to adopt this as our flag and reject the council administrative banner

Graham Bartram, Chief Vexillologist of the Flag Institute said,

“This is the first time that the Flag Institute has had two applications for the same county and I think it is a reflection of how important County Flags are becoming to people, so we feel it is only fair to let the people of Staffordshire have their say on which flag will represent them. I hope as many people as possible will vote for their preferred design.”

http://www.flaginstitute.org/wp/2016/02/staffordshire-county-flag-vote/

The other groups supporting the “chevron and knot” design to ensure a public vote

-Stafford Burgesses Guild
-Stafford Morris Men
-Staffordshire Parish Registers Society
-The Stafford Historical & Civic Society
-Wombourne History Group
-Ingestre and Tixall Local History Group
-Penkridge Local History Group
-The Penkridge Town Crier
-Stafford and Mid-Staffs Archeological Society
-Codsall and Bilbrook History Group
-Landor (Local History) Group
-Staffordshire Industrial Archaeological Society
-National Trust Staffordshire Centre
-Ridware History Society
-Stafford Freeman’s Allotments
-The Haywood Society

http://www.staffordshireheritage.org.uk/