Dragon’s Den star to find first ever flag for Somerset

Deborah Meaden

Deborah Meaden

Dragon’s Den TV star Deborah Meaden is normally into selecting business successes of the future.

But she has just helped judging of a different kind – to find the first ever county flag for the currently flag-less Somerset.

The Somerset-born businesswomen will today help unveil the top three designs for the competition at an awards ceremony in Creech Castle, Taunton.

The sponsors Pardoes will then fly the winning design at full mast at their landmark base at the site.

The winning three people have been selected from hundreds of entries across the county by judges including Deborah Meaden, and there has been a public vote on the 13 finalists to decide who wins the £250 first prize.

All finalists will receive a book on National Flags written by Somerset-based world-flag expert Robin Ashburner, who was also Chairman of the first round judging panel and past President of the Flag Institute.

Somerset is the only county in the region not to have a flag, which prompted Pardoes to join with local newspaper the Taunton-based County Gazette and series of papers to start the competition.

Nigel Muers-Raby, head of marketing at Pardoes, comments: “Three of the 13 finalists are under 15. It has been a brilliant and high-quality competition and we are delighted to have been involved.”