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The Barra flag has been granted official recognition from the Lyon Court, the legal authority on heraldry in Scotland.


The distinctive green and white Scandinavian-style flag has been widely used by the community for decades - flying across the island and appearing on local produce. However, until now, it has had no legal recognition.


This initiative was championed by the island’s community councils in liasion with MP Alasdair Allan.


Northbay community councillor Dolina Manford said: “I am very happy to see that the Barra flag has now received official recognition from the Lord Lyon.


“It has been a long process but now the green and white Nordic cross that has been used in Barra for a number of years is officially registered at the Lord Lyon.”


Alasdair Allan MSP said: “I am delighted that Barra’s flag now has legal recognition and protection.


“When I originally held an exploratory meeting on this subject it was felt that recognition of the flag would help to boost the island’s marketing efforts as well as celebrate its unique identity.


“I would like to thank Dolina for her efforts in driving this forward and I look forward to seeing some of the benefits this will bring.”


Philip Tibbetts of the Flag Institute commented: "It is wonderful to see the Barra flag achieve official recognition with the Lyon Court, having been used so extensively over the years, joining the likes of Caithness and even the Saltire itself.


“In this past year Barra has shown the importance that a flag can have for its community - not only as a celebration but also as a symbol to rally around.


“I am sure it will serve as a powerful example to the many other communities thinking of developing their own flag to promote their own identity and the patchwork of national heritage."


The campaign was funded by Barra and Vatersay Voluntary Action.



Barra flag wins official recognition

23 November 2017