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Former Lake District county has flag recognised

Posted 19 January 2012
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Former Lake District county has flag recognised
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A flag representing Westmorland has been formally acknowledged by the national registry of UK flags - even though the county no longer exists.

Westmorland occupied the eastern part of what is now Cumbria up until the reorganisation of county boundaries in 1974, but its old county council banner of arms has been recognised as its new flag.

Those who like to go walking in the Lake District may notice the name in a few locations - apart from newspaper stands - such as the Three Shires Stone near Little Langdale, where the boundaries of Westmorland, Cumberland and Lancashire used to meet.

It is also the name of an M6 service station and the parliamentary constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale helps preserve its name, with MP Tim Farron congratulating the Westmorland Association for managing to get the flag registered.

As well as part of the Lake District under its current boundaries, the historic county also covers the two areas Natural England has proposed to add to the national park, as well as the northern Howgills area that may be about to get added to the Yorkshire Dales.

The flag is a golden wheat sheaf emblem on a red and white background.