The 1s of June marks Dorset Day, an opportunity to celebrate  Dorset’s rich heritage and beautiful scenery . Dorset Council will be raising the familiar yellow and red Flag of Dorset and the County Civic Flag which shows the Coat of Arms at County Hall in Dorchester.

Dorset boasts some jaw-dropping scenery and rich heritage, but it also houses some of the most supportive communities, many of which have shown outstanding levels of support and commitment for their friends and neighbours over the past years.

It is also the Feast Day of St Wite (pronounced Wheat-a), a local saint after whom the Dorset Flag was originally named. The saint’s origins are unknown and there are no written records. She is understood to have been a local woman from the west of the county who worked tirelessly for the local community. A firm local tradition holds that she lived as a hermit on the cliffs near a sacred well and offered a light to ships at sea. It is believed that she was killed defending the local people against a Viking raid.

King Alfred is believed to have built a church in her honour at Whitchurch Canonicorum (now called the Church of Candida and Holy Cross) in the Marshwood Vale, which houses her remains. This became a major place of pilgrimage, along with St Wite’s Well near Morcombelake.

Get involved and celebrate Dorset Day

We will be using Dorset Day as an opportunity to highlight just a selection of the reasons that we love our county and the brilliant communities that reside within it, and we would love for you to get involved. Share your posts and photos that show what it is about Dorset that you love and use the hashtag #DorsetDay

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