The East Sussex flag is flying on the other side of the Atlantic after we stepped in to help a young collector.

Jesse Mishell, aged 14, from Colorado contacted us with an appeal for county memorabilia to add to his collection of state and country flags, pin badges, and maps.

We were keen to help Jesse with his request and sent him a table top East Sussex flag and a gift set containing a key ring, pin badge and wallet all branded with the East Sussex coat of arms.

Amazing collection

Jesse’s collection contains flags from countries, states and provinces all over the world including Australia, Switzerland, Bavaria, Flanders, Hokkaido and Tasmania as well as the United Nations and European Union.

Jesse said: “In addition to the flags I have collected, I have received maps, pins and novelty items from different places. I have received books from Canada and the Cook Islands, a shirt from Australia and hats from the Netherlands and Ireland. My personal favourite novelty item is a stamp collection from Estonia.”

East Sussex flag

The East Sussex flag is based on the current East Sussex coat of arms, which was granted in 1975, and features six martlets, a Saxon crown and a silver wavy line representative of the coastal county boroughs of Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings added to the county in 1974.

The Sussex martlet is a mythical bird said to be based on either a house martin or a swallow that has traditionally been associated with Sussex for centuries.

Happy collector

Jesse added: “The best part about this is you never know that you are going to get, but the items I have received have shown me how much people care and how generous people are, even if you live on opposite sides of the world. Thank you!”