The new Northamptonshire flag was raised at County Hall at 10am today to mark the first ever County Day.
Northamptonshire County Council chairman Joan Kirkbride (Con, Bugbrooke) raised the new maroon and gold flag in a special ceremony with members of the Commonwealth flag committee.
She said it is hoped that October 25 will become a calender fixture for years to come - with numerous events held across the county to celebrate the best Northamptonshire has to offer.
Councillor Kirkbride said: “I’m delighted to be celebrating the first ever County Day by raising our new county flag.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to help promote the county, celebrate our rich history and heritage, and give pride to our local communities.”
The new Northamptonshire flag was designed as part of a competition launched by The Commonwealth Flag Project last year, which invited community groups, schools and individuals to submit ideas for a county flag.
The winning design - and the date of October 25 for the County Day - were chosen through a public vote.
Councillor Kirkbride said the flags are likely to be popular with sports teams or clubs representing the county to fly with pride when they travel the country.
“People are already really interested in the idea,” she said. “We are already getting a lot of people asking ‘where can we buy a flag?’”
The new flag design is available to buy in the form of car stickers and badges at libraries across the county.
Flags can be bought from Zephyr Flags - based at Midland Road, Thrapston.