There’s a call for us to make sure we are flying the correct Flag of Sussex.
The Sussex Flag Facebook page has said there has been a rise in the number of people flying the red banner of East Sussex County Council, instead of the official blue crest of the county.
We’re being asked by the social media group, to ensure we are flying the correct flag, saying it is illegal in the UK to make use of someone else’s coat of arms, without the relevant permission.
However, it seems County Hall doesn’t have a problem should anyone wish to fly their red flag. An East Sussex County Council spokesman said, “While the Coat of Arms depicted on the East Sussex County Council flag was created as a symbol of the council itself, we appreciate that people associate it with East Sussex and are happy for people to fly the flag to show their pride in the county.
“However, we are aware that the Sussex flag has a far longer history, dating back to the 17th century and is a symbol of the historic county of Sussex. We understand that people may prefer to fly this flag and support their choice to do so.”