Village is over the moon with its official flag

Cromford committee celebrating after having designed and officially registered the Cromford flag. Picturd are Sue Mosley, Clem Wilson, and Ian Evetts.
Cromford committee celebrating after having designed and officially registered the Cromford flag. Picturd are Sue Mosley, Clem Wilson, and Ian Evetts.

Cromford folk are celebrating after becoming the first village in Derbyshire to have their own flag officially registered with The Flag Institute.

The Cromford flag, which will be officially recognised in the organisation’s database, will be used to celebrate the town’s unique industrial history.

In order to comply with Flag Institute regulations the committee had to prove that the Cromford community supported the flag by seeking comments via social media and at a public stall.

Ian Evetts, of the Celebrating Cromford Committee, said: “It’s fantastic.

“When we did the survey everybody in the village loved the design and we have had a few enquiries about buying copies.

“I think this will be good for the whole village.”

The flag was designed by Clem Wilson, 77, ex-chairman of Cromford Community Centre, and features the mill to represent the influence Sir Richard Arkwright had not just on the village, but on the whole world in the late 18th century.

Its colours are the green, blue and gold which make up the Derbyshire county flag as they are also shown on Sir Richard Arkwright’s coat of arms.

The green represents cotton bush, the blue signifies water to drive the mills and the gold signifies the wealth that cotton bought to the Arkwright family and to the area.

Ian added: “We really wanted a flag we could use at village festivals. The old version was the same design but a different colour scheme but the institute said we had to have a colour scheme which made sense.

“The colour scheme finally agreed is a double representation following the scheme of the Derbyshire county flag and echoing Sir Richard Arkwright’s coat of arms.”