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[Derbyshire] image by Charles Ashburner, 28 September 2006

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The Flag of Derbyshire

The new flag of Derbyshire was launched at 8am Friday, 22nd September 2006.

Thousands of people in Derbyshire helped choose a flag to represent them via the BBC Derby website. The blue is one of the traditional colours of Derbyshire and represents the rivers and reservoirs; the cross marks the fact that Derbyshire is at the centre of the country and it is green because Derbyshire is "a lush county with outstanding countryside". The symbol in the middle is the Tudor Rose, which has been Derbyshire's royally awarded county badge for over 500 years and it's been used in many county symbols and coats of arms over that time. The rose is in gold (as it is on the county cricket club logo) to symbolise quality and avoid confusion with Lancashire and Yorkshire. The flag was designed by Martin Enright from Derby, a listener to Andy Whittaker's Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Derby which spearheaded the campaign to get a Derbyshire flag.

I became involved with the campaign in July 2006 and assisted in a number of areas from the practical manufacture of prototypes to advising on the timing and manner of the launch itself. As with the flags of Devon and Lincolnshire before it, is proud to have been the first manufacturer in the world to make a Derbyshire flag.

Colours used:
RGB: green: 39-89-55 (Pantone 357c)
blue: 100-160-200 (Pantone 542c)
gold: 253-200-47 (Pantone 123c)

Charles Ashburner, 28 September 2006

The colour descriptions and the image come from the pdf file originally provided by the BBC... so technically these are correct. They were used to create the initial batch of lightweight printed 'Economy' flags which you can see an example of here:

However when it comes to traditional sewn flags pre-dyed fabrics are not available in every possible shade variation and for these flags the BBC chose colours from the available range which they felt resulted in an appropriate flag... which you can see here

It is my view - quite rightly not shared by everyone - that the precise shade of the colours in a flag (especially at its inception) is very much less important than making sure that the new design is easily available, widely, recognisably, and at affordable prices, to whomever has the enthusiasm to fly it. The birth of a flag can be tricky, but once it is properly 'alive' it will pretty much look after itself... and that's always our overriding concern.
Charles Ashburner, 29 September 2006

Blue is one of the traditional colours of Derbyshire and represents its many rivers and reservoirs. The green cross reflects the lushness of the county and marks its position at the centre of England. The rose is in gold to symbolise the quality of Derbyshire people and to avoid confusion with Lancashire and Yorkshire. The same rose also appears on the badge of Derbyshire County Cricket Club. BBC Derby organised a poll to select the Derbyshire Flag. It flew for the first time on Friday 22 September 2008 in ceremonies at Derby Cathedral, the Buxton Campus of the University of Derby, Ashbourne Town Hall and Ripley Town Hall.

Flag Type: County Flag
Flag Date: 16th September 2008
Flag Designer: Martin Enright
Adoption Route: Popular Vote
UK Design Code: UNKG7406
Aspect Ratio: 3:5
Pantone® Colours: Blue 542, White, Green 357, Gold 123
Valentin Poposki, 27 June 2020

Banner of arms of Derbyshire

[Banner of arms of Derbyshire, England] image located by Valentin Poposki, 9 December 2011

Derbyshire County Council

[Derbyshire County Council] image by David Black, 3 October 2019

Other than above the door at their offices and on their website a few times, the Council doesn’t use the arms themselves that much. They instead use a flag that is their logo, name and slogan, printed on purple fabric.
David Black, 3 October 2019

University of Derby

[University of Derby] located by Valentin Poposki, 8 November 2006