The Lincolnshire flag is flown with pride on the coast, in the countryside, and across the city of Lincoln. The flag was first flown in 2005 after a campaign and competition run by BBC Radio Lincolnshire - Yellowbelly Michelle Andrews designed the winning creation.
The flag features a red cross edged in yellow, a yellow fleur-de-lys in the centre, on a background of green and blue quarters.
The red cross represents England, borrowing from the Saint George’s Cross which has been associated with the country since the 13th century.
The red cross is also featured on the Coat of Arms for the City of Lincoln, which dates back to the 14th century. The City’s Coat of Arms, like the Lincolnshire Flag, also has a fleur de lis in the centre.
The fleur de lys is the symbol of the City of Lincoln, featured on its Coat of Arms and emblazoned across the city. This relationship derives from the Diocese of Lincoln: the fleur-de-lis is the symbol for the St. Mary, patron saint of the city and Lincoln Cathedral.
The Visit Lincoln logo design is a variation on the fleur de lis.
Lincolnshire produces 12% of the UK’s food, and food and farming is the biggest economic industry in the county. Therefore, yellow represents the variety of crops grown in the county.
A second reason for yellow is the nickname “Yellowbellies” given to people born and bred in Lincolnshire.
The blue parts of the background represents both the sea of the East coast and the ‘big skies’ across the county.
The Lincolnshire coast is responsible for 70% of the UK’s fish, and boasts a range of stunning natural coastline as well as exciting seaside resorts.
The county’s mostly flat topography means that there are often beautiful landscapes of blue skies to enjoy. The flat land and big skies also give a reason behind the county’s aviation heritage: the perfect environment for runways and air traffic control. The trails of the Red Arrows are often seen left behind!
The green background symbolises the fields of the Lincolnshire Wolds and the Fens. The county is known for its beautiful landscapes - of big skies but also rolling hills. You are never far away from a beautiful, green view; even in the heart of the city centre.
If you fancy getting your own Lincolnshire flag, then make your way to Lincoln Visitor Information Centre where you can pick one up to fly at home.