The Northumberland flag is based on a traditional flag which is probably the oldest known flag design in Britain.The Venerable Bede, England's first historian, records a banner of purple and gold which hung over the tomb of St Oswald, the 7th century king of Northumbria.
The flag for this ancient kingdom is now generally regarded as having 8 alternate stripes of red and gold. Later, in medieval times, the colours were adopted by the first Earl of Northumberland. The present pattern was granted to Northumberland County Council as its own banner in 1951.
In November 1995, the Council took the historic decision for its own flag to become the flag for the modern day County of Northumberland; and it has rapidly been adopted as a symbol for the County by a wide range of businesses and individuals.
If you wish to fly the flag, please make sure you fly it the right way. The top corner, nearest the flagpole, should be gold.
If you would like to buy a Northumberland Flag, you can do so from Northern Heritage on 01670 789940 or from their web site: www.northern-heritage.co.uk.