Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Northumbrian Flag

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One encouraging development in recent years, in my corner of the planet, has been the spontaneous emergence of the Northumbrian flag from utter obscurity to widespread usage.

Our family car, for instance, sports a sticker of this flag which we purchased for a modest price when visiting a local stately home- and plenty of other vehicles do the same. I even bought a big actual flag of this - on impulse - then didn't know what to do with it, so ended-up by draping it on the wall of my office.

Since this is not any kind of campaign or political movement, I can only suppose it expresses a general but seldom-articulated love of the county of Northumberland - which is indeed a county that is easy to love.

The effect of seeing this flag unexpectedly, as I go about business in the city, is to give a lift of the heart and a breath of cleaner air - it is a small and secretive ray of hope.