TWO days after celebrating the patron saint of England, there was a more modest tribute to the birthday of Huntingdonshire’s most famous son - Oliver Cromwell - on Monday.

Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogley, joined Rupert Barnes, vice-chairman of Huntingdonshire Society, fellow society member Derek Norman and macebearer to mayor of St Ives John Smoothy, to mark Huntingdonshire's county day and Cromwell's birthday with a presentation of the county's flag.

Designed by the Huntingdonshire Society and endorsed by the Flags Institute in 2009, the Huntingdonshire county flag has been flying outside the offices of the Department for Communities and Local Government in London all week.

Secretary of State for the department, Eric Pickles, asked that all English county flags be flown alongside the Union flag, and this week is the turn of Huntingdonshire.

Mr Barnes said: "We are delighted to see our county flag flying over the Communities department this week. Huntingdonshire day is a day fr a county which has a great deal to celebrate.

"It is a shire of matchless beauty and charm, of pretty villages, broad green fields and anicent towns dupping their feet in the quiet river.

"Strangely, it is little known outside it borders but perhaps this welcome mark of recognition by the Communities department and the new flag will remind people of where Huntingdonshire is and why it is so loved by its own."

INFORMATION: To snap up your own £5 Huntingdonshire county flag go to Huntingdonshire Society website www.huntingdonshire.org.uk.