County flag enthusiast Dominic Smith gets behind Norfolk Day

PUBLISHED: 07:15 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:44 22 February 2018

Dominic Smith with the Norfolk Flag. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Dominic Smith with the Norfolk Flag. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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The man behind the county’s official flag has given his support to Norfolk Day.

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Picture: ANTONY KELLYNorfolk Day Cromer beach and pier GENERIC Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Dominic Smith, 24, from Norwich encouraged as many people as possible to get involved in the July 27 initiative.

“I’m very positive about Norfolk Day and think it’s a great idea,” he said.

“Other counties have their own days, Norfolk needs one as well.”

Mr Smith registered the Norfolk Flag in 2014 based on a design dating back nearly 1,000 years.

Dominic Smith with the Norfolk Flag. Picture: ANTONY KELLYDominic Smith with the Norfolk Flag. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

His black, white and gold flag shows the banner of the arms attributed to the First Earl of Norfolk, Ralph (Ranulph) de Gael (de Guader), from 1071 to 1075.

The flag has formed the basis for the Norfolk Day logo.

Mr Smith, who is currently busy with his Masters in Translation at Exeter University, said he had woken up last Friday to all the hype surrounding the launch of Norfolk Day on social media.

“It was a good reaction and I was really pleased to see what was going on,” he said. “I think it is a great idea and something I wanted to do once I had finished with the flag.”

Dominic Smith with the Norfolk Flag. Picture: ANTONY KELLYDominic Smith with the Norfolk Flag. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

He said his interest in vexillology – the study of flags – had started at a young age.

“I remember looking at a county flag map and seeing Norfolk blank and I wanted to establish the county’s emblem, the de Guader arms, as the county’s flag,” he said.

The flag, which is registered with UK-based charity the Flag Institute, is in the public domain and is free for anyone to manufacture, fly and display.

Norfolk Day has drawn widespread support from across the county as individuals, businesses, TV personalities and politicians have expressed their support for the initiative.

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The Very Reverend Jane Hedges, Dean of Norwich Cathedral, chef Charlie Hodson of Woodforde’s and Charlie’s Norfolk Food Heroes and evolutionary biologist, primatologist and broadcaster Dr Ben Garrod have been named ambassadors for the event.

Companies, individuals, communities, attractions and organisations are being asked to put their thinking caps on and come up with ways to celebrate their pride and passion for Norfolk.

Details of events will be revealed in the newspaper, online and via social media.

• To get involved email, tweet @norfolk or log on to the Norfolk Day Facebook group.

How to get involved

For Norfolk Day to be a success, individuals, community groups, attractions, organisations and businesses are being urged to think about ways they can get actively get involved.

This could be as simple as a picnic in the park, summer street party or maybe just a coffee morning. School’s are welcome to get involved too and could consider Norfolk-themed projects in the lead up to the day.

So often the glue which hold our towns and villages together, community groups could hold a family event or something based on sports activities.

For businesses, pubs, the tourism sector, restaurants and cafes Norfolk Day not only offers the chance to get in the spirit and get involved, but also showcase what you do so well.

If you are organising something for Norfolk Day, no matter how big or small, please tell us about it so we can give it some promotion. Email

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