Flag of Suffolk


Flag of Suffolk

The Flag of Suffolk, (also known as Saint Edmund's Flag), is a modern proposal for a county flag for the English county of Suffolk, designed by Bill Bulstrode. The flag bears a shield of the arms attributed to Saint Edmund the Martyr on a Cross of Saint George.

The flag originated with a campaign initiated by local Suffolk media to replace Saint George as England's patron saint, with Saint Edmund, a one time King of East Anglia. Accordingly, Bill Bulstrode, a local flag seller, lent support to this campaign by designing a flag to represent Saint Edmund and after some research decided that an appropriate move would be to combine Saint Edmund's blue shield bearing two gold arrows passing through a gold crown, with the red cross of Saint George. Originally designed with a triple pointed shield, after consultation with the Suffolk heraldry Society, the flag was modified to feature the more commonly seen heater shield shape.

While the campaign to replace England's patron saint was unsuccessful, Saint Edmund was recognised by Suffolk County Council as the patron saint for Suffolk and accordingly, Saint Edmund's Flag was recognised as the Flag for Suffolk. [ [http://www.fotw.net/flags/gb-e-suf.html Suffolk (United Kingdom) ] ] [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/suffolk/content/articles/2006/10/26/st_edmunds_flag_feature.shtml BBC - Suffolk - Community - What do you think of the St Edmund flag? ] ]

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