The Parish Logo.
In 2017 some residents were probably surprised when County Durham’s newest parish council chose the very traditional image of St Cuthbert’s Cross as the basis for its logo.
In so doing the Council wanted to reflect, in a modern design, some important features of the past that helped make the city we see today.
The colours were chosen to illustrate the environment, economy and culture of the City, past and present.
• yellow – the city’s role on north-south road and railway routes and ‘following the Yellow Brick Road to find the way home’
• blue and green – its unique townscape still shaped by the looping river and steep green banks
• the ‘black diamond’ of coal – once central to the local economy
• purple – Durham county’s ‘jewel in the crown’ highlighted by its cathedral, university, business and tourism
• green again for the encircling belt of countryside, pierced only by the river, road and rail links to other parts of the country.
The words express the Council’s commitment to finding new ways of working collaboratively to deliver the best for all Parish residents.
The design also had to be simple enough for interpretation across various media – from engraving on glass to reproduction in living floral panels.
Our thanks to local designer Stuart Langley for his work in creating this logo on behalf of the Parish Council.