Fly the flag

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The bid to have an official flag for Arran is something that deserves support.

A visit to Cornwall is as good a measure as any to see just how powerful a local flag can be. The black and while Saint Piran’s Flag is everywhere and a real symbol of the county’s identity. It may date back to 1838, but we have to start somewhere.

Scottish islands have already beaten us to it. Tiree unveiled their official flag last September – which is green and gold ‘Land of Barley’ design – and now flies proudly over the island.

And just the year before the flag of Barra, a green and white Nordic cross, was officially recognised, and other Scottish communities are following suit.

The have an official flag of Arran would need a competition to be held, but the stag design of Barney Crockett seems to be just the sort of thing which incorporates what an island flag should portray.

We hope Arran organisations will get behind the move and, who knows, there may be others out there keen to have their own designs considered.

Anything that positively promotes the island has to be a good thing.