The flag of Wessex is a gold wyvern on a red field. It is first recorded as having been flown at the battle of Burford in 752 AD, in which the West Saxons, under King Cuthred, defeated King Æthelbald of Mercia. The modern version of the flag was designed by William Crampton in 1974. Thanks largely to the Society's efforts, it now appears in the UK flag registry, and has been flown outside the Department for Communities and Local Government's offices in London (see picture opposite), as well as many locations within Wessex itself. In 2013, the then minister for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, said "I want to send a strong signal – we should fly our flags with pride. Whatever one’s class, colour or creed, let’s have pride in Britain’s local and national identities. It’s right to celebrate the kingdom that paved the way for a united England: for today, the only way is Wessex."