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Design panel begins work on flag for Nottinghamshire
Unofficial Nottinghamshire flag
Most callers to the BBC thought the county needed an official flag

A panel of eight Nottinghamshire designers have been assembled to create an official flag for the county.

The panel includes Alex Farquharson, the director of city art centre Nottingham Contemporary, and the Flag Institute's Michael Faul.

They plan to come up with three final designs by the end of 2010 to present to the public for approval.

The campaign for an official flag for Nottinghamshire was sparked by two BBC Radio Nottingham listeners.

Jane Bealby and Mike Gaunt both separately contacted presenter Andy Whittaker with the idea.

The presenter mentioned this on his breakfast show and he was overwhelmed with the level of positive response, with listeners ringing in to his show and sending in their designs.

They will both be on the design panel along with card designer Rachel Church, National Ice Centre chair and local businessman Mich Stevenson and graphic designers Jason Holroyd and Simon Dunn.

The final designs are to be created from the ideas submitted and feedback received by BBC Radio Nottingham, from the heraldry of the county and the designers' own input.

Design should be simple
It should represent the county
It should not contain words
It should not contain detailed pictures

"I've been really impressed with the designs submitted to BBC Radio Nottingham. You can see the good ideas coming through," said graphic designer Simon Dunn. "We need a new symbol. We've had the drunken N for a while. It's time to update it."

Many other counties already have a flag, amongst them Cornwall, Devon, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire but there is not currently a flag for Nottinghamshire registered with the Flag Institute.

"I was looking at the Lincolnshire flag the other day and it could be anywhere," said Ms Bealby, from Edwinstowe. "We've got to make it so that we know it's Nottinghamshire."

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