About the Isle of Wight flag

The Flag of the Isle of Wight was adopted and registered in January 2009.

In 2007 an Isle of Wight Flag Committee was founded to create a flag for the Isle of Wight. The Committee ran a public competition in association with the County Press newspaper to design a flag for the island. They received over 350 entries. These were whittled down to a shortlist of four designs which the public then had an opportunity to vote on.

The winning design was by John Graney. It was registered by the Flag Institute on 9 January 2009. Although the Isle of Wight is not a traditional county in accordance with the Flag Institute's expressed criteria, nevertheless the flag has been described as a "county flag", reflecting the island's distinct identity.

In April 2009 the new flag was officially launched and replaced the older design on top of County Hall.

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