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Weekly unveils new flag for patch after campaign success

A weekly newspaper had unveiled a new flag for its patch after running a competition to find the winning design.

The West Highland Free Press campaigned successfully for the Isle of Skye to get its own flag, with the winner being chosen by a public vote.

Nine-year-old Calum Alasdair Munro devised the winning entry, pictured below, which features nods to the island’s Celtic and Nordic heritages.

The Free Press has now started producing the flags for sale, with proceeds going to Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers.

Skye flag

Editor Keith MacKenzie said: “It is a tremendous design but the other thing that struck people is what it meant.

“It pulls together so many elements of Skye.

“There are notes to Christianity, there are notes to our Celtic heritage, to our Nordic heritage, to the clans.

“And also, the colours themselves reflect Skye as a jewel of Scotland.”

The search for a flag for Skye began in May 2019 when the Free Press, Highland Council and tourism organisation SkyeConnect petitioned the court of the Lord Lyon – the body responsible for recording and protecting all heraldry, flags and national symbols in Scotland – to create the flag.

The competition launched last autumn and received 369 entries, more 200 of them from local children, with other designs coming in from across the globe.

A shortlist of six was then put to a public vote.