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Flag of Sussex

Proportion 3:5
Adopted 20 May 2011
Designed by Traditional

The Flag of Sussex is the flag of the English county of Sussex. The flag was registered by the Flag Institute on Friday 20 May 2011 as a 'traditional' county flag as a result of a campaign started in August 2010, by Sussex resident Brady Ells, with support from his father, David.[1] The Flag was certified by Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram. It was first flown officially on Saturday 28 May 2011 at Lewes Castle.[2] and was flown from the Department of Communities and Local Government at Eland House, London on Sussex Day, 16 June 2011.[3]


  • Official registered flag 1
    • Colours 1.1
  • Alternative Designs 2
    • BBC competition 2.1
    • County Council flags 2.2
    • Other flags 2.3
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Official registered flag

The flag of Sussex was registered as a result of a campaign started in August 2010, under the name of Saint Richard's Flag, after the county's patron saint,

  • The Sussex County Flag website
  • Sussex Flag at the Flag Institute

External links

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  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ Sussex Flag Winner
  8. ^ a b c
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  10. ^ Fly the West Sussex Flag
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See also

The Sussex Motor Yacht Club, located in Brighton, was founded in 1907 and uses a burgee that employs Sussex-related emblems. The club's burgee is blue, with a white shield which bears the six martlets (heraldic swallows) in red (gules) atop a three-bladed propeller.

There was also a similar previously proposed Saint Richards Flag with different colours to the registered flag.[11] There was also a flag proposed by the Sussex Party, a minor regionalist group, which proposed a flag consisting of four horizontal bands coloured blue, green, yellow and blue, representing the Sussex landscape, with a yellow disc in the top-left corner representing the sun.[11]

Previously Proposed Flag of Sussex- Saint Richard's Flag

Other flags

This was also billed as the 'West Sussex Flag' and is no longer on sale from the County Council.[10]

Flag promoted by West Sussex County Council showing the County Council coat of arms

West Sussex County Council promoted a different flag to celebrate Sussex Day from 2007.

West Sussex County Council maintained the basic colours and pattern of the traditional emblem, six gold martlets on blue, but added a gold chief - a bar across the top of the shield. This design is still commercially available as the "Flag of West Sussex", from a number of outlets. The flag actually represents the 1888-1974 county council of West Sussex rather than the county.[9]

The flag of West Sussex County Council is commercially available as the "Flag of West Sussex"

East Sussex County Council uses a flag based on the East Sussex County Council coat of arms, which also features the six gold martlets from the heraldic shield of Sussex.

County Council flags

Many of the proposed designs incorporated the charge of six martlets (a mythical bird found in heraldry, essentially representative of a swift) that have been traditionally associated with Sussex for centuries and that have appeared on the various forms of arms used in the county. However this flag was never registered by the Flag Institute.

The BBC competition winner would, according to the Sussex Association, be an inappropriate choice for a county flag of Sussex that is meant to be representative of the traditional county of Sussex, rather than a joint flag for the administrative counties of East Sussex and West Sussex.[8] This flag portrays an amalgamation of County Council arms, which do not represent any county and only represent the councils.[8] The county flag of Sussex does not need to feature the colour red on it to represent the east of the county; red only represents East Sussex County Council. There are many examples where blue is used to represent the county of Sussex, in the east of the county as well as the west.[8]

The winning entry in a competition held in June 2008 under the auspices of the BBC for a flag to commemorate "Sussex Day" (16 June) which has been described as a celebration of all things uniquely Sussex. The winning entry was designed by Martin Shrimpton from Woodingdean in Brighton. Chairman of the judging panel, Graham Bartram said: "Well it had very clear Sussex symbolism. The colours were bright and I think it's just going to look like a really nice flag."[7]

BBC competition Winner

BBC competition

Alternative Designs

  • Pantone Blue 286[6]
  • Pantone Yellow 109[6]

The colour specifications for the Flag of Sussex are:


The Flag Institute manages and maintains the national flag registry of the United Kingdom, and therefore this is now the definitive County Flag of Sussex. [5]

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