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EXMOOR FLAG COMPETITION NEWSLETTER No 3


Dulverton, home of the Exmoor National Park’s Head Office, looked magnificent last Wednesday (6th August) when the shops, businesses and homes raised flags in celebration of the Exmoor Flag design competition judging day.
 
The eight judges had the difficult task of shortlisting nearly 300 design entries down to just 4 finalists to go through to the public vote.  A job which they failed to achieve as the competition was so close 5 finalists were chosen (subject to The Flag Institute’s approval).

The judges were:
Philip Tibbetts – The Flag Institute (Register of United Kingdom Flags)
Johnny Kingdom - Exmoor wildlife enthusiast & TV personality
Naomi Cudmore – Editor, The Exmoor Magazine
Dan James – Exmoor National Park Authority, Sustainable Economy Manager
Toni Jones – Exmoor Society, Member of the Executive Committee
Robin Ashburner – Exmoor resident & the UK’s leading flag and heraldry expert
Exmoor Flag Project Team – Ceri Keene and Julie Christian
Under the expert tutelage of Philip Tibbetts, the Community Vexillologist for the Flag Institute, the judges spent the afternoon selecting designs that stood out as potential Exmoor flags.  The 261 unique pieces of art filled the floor of Dulverton Town Hall (the venue for the dance scene in the World War 2 film “The Land Girls”).  Then the hard work began as the panel discussed and argued as to which ones should go through based on their concept as a flag irrespective of their artistic ability.  The panel was divided and the decision so close, it came down to a final show of hands as to the last design to join the prestigious short list.
ITV filmed the event for a programme to be shown next year celebrating the 4 seasons of Exmoor following one of the judges, wildlife enthusiast Johnny Kingdom.  The cameras captured the glory of Dulverton resplendent with flags fluttering in the summer sunshine. ITV will also cover the unveiling ceremony in October where the Exmoor Flag Project Team has a wonderful day planned to celebrate Exmoor’s new flag.
Philip Tibbetts commented: “The range and quality of entries was very impressive and clearly reflects the beauty of Exmoor itself and the passion of its people. This beauty and passion manifested in many different ways: from the 200+ entries to the incredible flag flying display put on by the businesses of Dulverton in honour of the judging. It is these characteristics of Exmoor that have ensured a fantastic set of finalists and will further guarantee a beautiful winning flag for the area."
The finalists’ designs are currently being adapted to conform to The Flag Institute’s criteria but the essence of the original concept will be retained.  The public voting opens Monday the 18th of August and closes on the 8th of September.   Votes can be made online via the Exmoor Flag website www.exmoorflag.co.uk or by post with the form published in the local press.
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