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Scottish Borders Council communicated that the Berwickshire Area Committee
agreed to explore the views of the Scottish Government/Transport Scotland on the
flying of flags 'in addition to the Saltire at the Scottish/English Border at
Lamberton Toll on the main trunk road on the East Coast between Scotland and
England. It was suggested at the time that the flags might include 'a new flag
incorporating the Berwickshire Coast of Arms'.
Transport Scotland advised that it did not have a policy on flag flying adjacent to the trunk road network, and that a formal proposal would require public consultation and 'non-standard' flags would require prior approval. Following consultation with the County of Northumberland (England), Transport Scotland indicated it was unable to give an in-principle agreement as wider consultation with local and national agencies would be needed. There were no plans to alter the flags at the lay-by.
Further inquiries by John Moody revealed that there is a desire to develop a county flag and have three flags on the Scottish Border. On the English side is the Union Jack, the English St. George's cross and the Northumberland Flag. The Scottish side has three saltires with a Gaelic welcome. The Queen's representative was arranging a design, yet to be registered, but the issues surrounding permission to hoist any other flag on the poles at the border remain a problem. Berwickshire Area Partnership is unwilling to pursue registration of a flag until permission to raise it alongside the Saltire and the Union Jack at the Border is obtained.
There was a wish to include a tree, and a chained bear "similar to the Duns flag". FOTW does not know the Duns flag. Heraldry of the World at https://heraldry-wiki.com/heraldrywiki/index.php?title=Duns does not show any trees or bears on the arms of Duns.
John Moody, 11 August 2019
I also have no idea about the "Duns flag", and an internet search only turns
up the flag of Duns Dootball club (a R-N horizontal bicolour with the letters
DFC in white across the centre). I did however find this, purported to be the
flag of Berwick-upon-Tweed, which may be the flag referred to:
I also found an article on the Berwickshire proposal which showed two potential designs for a new flag:
James Dignan, 11 August 2019
http://www.berwickshirecivicsociety.org/a-flag-for-berwickshire/ is an
indication of the intent to hold a competition for the flag later in 2023.
Jason Saber, 18 February 2023
A Berwickshire flag competition set for June (2023)
Jason Saber, 13 May 2023
The five finalists in the Berwickshire flag competition have been announced:
image located by Jason Saber, 28 September 2023
The name 'Berwick' is incorporated as a bear and a wych elm. The county has been
associated with this combined emblem for over a century, they were deliberately
deployed as canting arms to reflect the county’s name.
Jason Saber, 28 September 2023
Masao Okazaki, 28 September 2023