Rutland County Council waives copyright so flag is ‘freely flyable’

Rutland County Council offices in Oakham
Rutland County Council offices in Oakham
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The county’s distinctive flag is now publicly usable after Rutland County Council agreed to waive the copyright of its design.

The flag depicts a golden horseshoe on a green background, surrounded by golden acorns.

According to The Flag Institute, the horseshoe has been a traditional emblem of the county since at least 1784 and its inclusion on the flag refers to the tradition of Royals and other peers of the realm, when travelling to the county for the first time, are compelled to deliver a horseshoe to Oakham Castle, where it is displayed on the hall 
walls.

The semy of acorns were included as part of the 1950 College of Arms grant to the county council is a reference to Rutland’s small area.

Last week, the council agreed to waive the copyright of the design, which means it’s now freely flyable.