Flags have been flown for thousands of years. Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his ‘standard’ in Glenfinnan at the start of the 1745 campaign; ships ‘nailed their colours to the mast’ to show that they would never surrender; and there is a lovely Tiree tradition to fly flags in a township when someone is getting married. Now, many communities are deciding that flags are a good way to bring people together, to raise pride in where they live, and to show the world what they stand for. Local flags are now flown in Shetland, Orkney, Caithness, and more recently in Barra and South Uist.
Last year, the people on Tiree overwhelmingly backed a move by the Community Council to find a flag design for the island. Now we are setting up a competition to choose one. Everyone can enter. The competition will run from 2 April to 1 May. A panel will then choose six finalists, and, finally, the public will get to pick their favourite.
Dr John Holliday, Convenor, Tiree Community Council
Image: Flags flying outside An Talla at the Tiree Homecoming, A’ Bhuain 2016
Tiree Community Council gratefully acknowledges the support of the Windfall Fund for this project.