Today is Hampshire Day!

And if you didn't know such a day existed, don't worry, we'll tell you why it does.

It's not been around for very long - only since 2018 when the concept was introduced to celebrate England’s historic counties, residents, and their wealth of traditions and cultures.

Today, Hampshire County Council will once again raise the Hampshire flag outside its headquarters in Winchester - the ancient capital of England.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq, said: “Hampshire has faced many challenges during the past 15 months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"However, we still have much to celebrate on ‘Hampshire Day’ – our heritage, diverse and vibrant towns and villages, beautiful natural landscapes and, most of all, the people of Hampshire.

"I am extremely proud to be living in a county where we have all come together to support each other during difficult times and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone, particularly those on the frontline who have worked tirelessly, often under very difficult circumstances, to provide vital services for local residents.”

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Cllr Keith Mans added: “The Hampshire Flag will be raised outside the Great Hall in Winchester to symbolise all that makes Hampshire a unique and special place.

"It represents the county as a whole - with the design including a Saxon crown and a Tudor rose which, along with its red and yellow colours, have been associated with the county for centuries. I hope people across the county will find ways to mark ‘Hampshire Day’, sharing pride in Hampshire and all that it represents.”