‘Hampshire Day’ began last year as part of a national campaign to celebrate England’s historic counties, residents, and their wealth of traditions and cultures. To mark this year’s Hampshire Day, Hampshire County Council will once again raise the Hampshire flag outside its headquarters in Winchester – the ancient capital of England.
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq, said: “Hampshire, like many counties, has had to deal with many challenges during the past few months as a result of Covid-19. However, our county still has much to celebrate on ‘Hampshire Day’ – its heritage, diverse and vibrant towns and villages, beautiful natural landscapes and, most of all, the people of Hampshire. The coronavirus may have kept us two metres apart, but we have found new ways, new spaces and new ideas to come together as a community, which I hope will be celebrated on this year’s ‘Hampshire Day’.
I am extremely proud to be living in a county where we have all come together to support each other during difficult times, and this year I would also like to take this opportunity to thank those on the wider frontline who have worked tirelessly without visibility – from bus and train drivers, carers and council staff to those delivering food to our homes and keeping supermarkets open - the NHS and the nation could not function without them.”
Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Mel Kendal added: “The Hampshire Flag will be raised outside the Great Hall in Winchester to symbolise all that makes Hampshire a unique and special place. It signifies the county as a whole - with the design including a Saxon crown and a Tudor rose which, along with its red and yellow colours, have been associated with the county for centuries. Although we cannot join together physically for an event this year, I hope people across the county will find ways to mark ‘Hampshire Day’, sharing pride in Hampshire and all that it represents.”
The county flag is not owned by any one organisation and can be purchased, alongside stickers and bunting from the Hampshire Flag Company.