Agreement in place for new flag at the border

Transport Scotland has agreed in principle to the possibility of flying a Berwickshire flag at the England/Scotland Border at Lamberton.

Friday, 10th March 2017, 8:45 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:21 am
Saltire on display at the Lamberton border crossing

Now all that remains to be done is for the design of a Berwickshire flag to be drawn up and agreed by all parties.

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Berwickshire Area Forum chairman Michael Cook said: “Contact has been made with the Lord Lyon and I understand that application can be made by Scottish Borders Council (or another legal entity) to be permitted to fly a flag. It is envisaged that a Berwickshire flag which incorporated the Berwickshire emblem of a wych elm and chained bear would be the probable design.”

A Northumberland flag is flown at the border, and at its north area committee meeting in November, Northumberland County Council agreed to support the idea of a Berwickshire flag flying on the opposite side of the A1.

Peter Hinchliff, area manager south east for Transport Scotland said: “Transport Scotland do not have a policy, as such, on the flying of flags adjacent to the Trunk Road network. Your email constitutes a formal proposal. Once you know the details of the proposed flags we would seek to ensure a consultation exercise with the local and national agencies.”