Fly the flag for county’s own day

Northamptonshire's county flag, unveiled by Lord Lieutenant, Peter Paing (right)
Northamptonshire's county flag, unveiled by Lord Lieutenant, Peter Paing (right)

Music, food and heritage will help county folk celebrate Northamptonshire Day later this month.

The county’s own day will this year be on Sunday, October 25 – St Crispin’s Day – and a wide range of activities run by BBC Northampton from St Giles churchyard will be the focus of the celebrations.

The event will see stalls selling county produce such as leather goods, beers, ales and cider.

There will also be music from talented county artists who have starred on the BBC Introducing radio show.

And some short guided heritage walks will emphasise the rich history of Northamptonshire.

On top of that, Joe Buckley, who owns the Michelin Guide-listed Red Lion pub in East Haddon, will mark the occasion by creating a dish using only ingredients sourced from Northamptonshire.

The recipe has not yet been revealed but Joe has promised to devise something anyone could make.

The process will be played out on BBC Radio Northampton in the week leading up to Northamptonshire Day and will culminate in a live tasting session at the Red Lion.

Marsha Ramroop, assistant editor at BBC Northampton, said: “We are really grateful to have the exciting opportunity to put this event on and we want as many people as possible to get involved.

“I hope people can pop their heads in at the churchyard or buy some Northamptonshire produce if that’s what they want.”

And the Chron is encouraging readers to fly Northamptonshire’s flag on the day, letting everyone know you are proud to live in the county.

A cut-out and keep flag has been printed on page six of this week’s paper for that purpose.

Mrs Ramroop said: “The main thing is to fly the flag and be proud of it.

“We’ll hopefully be using St Giles Church’s flagpole and leading the way.

“We’ve asked a few large organisations to do the same and we hope everyone joins in.

“This is the day to show how much you love Northamptonshire.”