A flag-waving celebration

Shetland is once again celebrating its Flag Day on midsummer’s day 21st June.

People throughout the isles are encouraged to fly the blue and white flag from as many vantage points as possible on that day, whether from buildings, flag poles or vehicles.

The Shetland flag
The Shetland flag

As part of the celebrations on Friday SIC is inviting folk to submit photographs that incorporate the Shetland flag. People have until 21st July to submit entries. The best entries will be published on the council website.

SIC convener Malcolm Bell said: “The Shetland flag is now an established and recognised symbol of Shetland’s identity. Many of us proudly wear it every day and my badge is often commented upon when I attend events away from Shetland. I encourage everyone with Shetland at heart to support the Flag Day events and the photographic competition in particular.”

The flag, which has the blue of the saltire and the Nordic cross, was designed by Roy Gronneberg and Bill Adams in 1969, 500 years after Shetland was transferred from Norway to Scotland. It was officially recognised in 2005 and Shetland Flag Day was started in 2007.

Photos should be emailed as a jpeg file to communications@shetland.gov.uk


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  • Joe johnson

    • June 14th, 2013 17:09

    I knew Roy Gronneberg during my time in Shetland. He was a great man. When I see the Shetland flag, it not only reminds me of beautiful Shetland, it also reminds me of Roy who designed it with Bill Adams. Roy sadly died in 1997. R.I.P Roy, never forgotten and God bless.


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