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The Yorkshire Ridings Society
preserving Yorkshire's integrity

Yorkshire Ridings Society

Flying the Flag

The Yorkshire flag is blue with a white double heraldic rose,
with green sepals and a gold centre.

In the past this has been a dark blue background but more recently a light blue background has become fairly common.


Which way up does the Yorkshire Rose go?

According to the College of Heralds, the heraldic rose can be used with a petal at the top or with a sepal at the top.

In Yorkshire there is a tradition of using the rose with a petal at the top in the North Riding and the West Riding but with a sepal at the top in the East Riding.

Laws regarding the flying of flags without planning permission have recently changed. Thanks to the efforts of the society, it is now possible to fly the county's famous flag without planning permission. The Yorkshire Flag was entered on the Register of Flags, maintained by the UK Flag Institute, in July 2008 giving it 'Exempt Flag' status.


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