With less than a month to go until Shetland Flag Day, now’s the perfect time to get your needles out to make you very own Shetland Flag Cushion. Designed for J&S by June Onigbanjo, it even had two shades of Chunky yarn created especially for it; Pennishin (white) and Olnafirth (blue).
The Shetland Flag was designed by Roy Grønneberg and Bill Adams in 1969 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the islands being transferred from Norwegian to Scottish rule. It symbolises the influence on the islands of the two cultures, with the 500 years of Norse rule being shown in the Nordic Cross, typical of Scandinavian countries, and following 500 years of Scottish rule shown through using the colours of the Scottish Flag. It was officially recognised in 2005, just in time for Shetland hosting the Island Games, and is used widely by local organisations and teams as well as islanders as a mark of ‘national pride’.
Shetland Flag Day began in 2007 on the longest day (21st June) when it is still light at midnight and from the top of the highest hill you can see the sun barely dip below the horizon before rising again. It is not only a day for the celebration of our flag -when cars become adorned with little flags and people hoist it up on flagpoles outside their house – but also as a day for the celebration of all things Shetland. So if you have a connection with Shetland or simply love our islands, why not make yourself your very own flag cushion to celebrate all things Shetland on June 21st.