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A flag for Liverpool

A campaign for a new flag for Liverpool has been launched, and is inviting ideas. I’ve submitted mine, which has been posted along with two earlier ones at their website.

This is my contibution:

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The red is from the red rose of Lancashire. The wavy blue is for the River Mersey and the sea beyond, with a gold band representing the wealth generated from Liverpool’s maritime history. The Liver Bird is white, representing peace and harmony between the city’s different communities.


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A coat of arms for Bath, Maine

bath maine flagbath flag city hallBack in 2013, a Maine resident, Jeremy Hammond, succeeded in having a new city flag adopted by the City Council, after a process of consultation and drafts involving the councillors and others. Unlike so many awful seal-on-bedsheet-with-writing American civic flags, the Bath flag a well-designed, clear, heraldic flag, alluding to the history of the city and reminiscent of arms of the place from which it takes its name – Bath in Somerset, England. The story of the flag’s creation is on Jeremy’s blog.

My first thought on seeing the flag last year (apart from thinking how good it looked) was “there’s a banner crying out for a coat of arms”! So, after having been distracted by other things for several months, I googled Bath and came up with ideas for supporters and a crest to add to the shield, which was taken directly from the flag.

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For supporters I took two birds which frequent the Kenebec River, on which Bath stands – an osprey and a bald eagle – but gave them collars with anchors hanging from them as an additional reference to the shipbuilding industry for which Bath is renowned. The crest is the City Hall, one of a number of the city’s attractive buildings, and the motto (“The Union”) is lifted from the City seal.

The existing city seal is typical of the genre – an uninspiring fussy scene within a circle – so I decided to make a couple of seals out of the coat of arms too, one with the entire achievement and a simpler one with only the shield and motto.

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I don’t know that the dignitaries or people of Bath would have any interest in a coat of arms, but I enjoyed having a go at it!


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Exmoor has a flag … now Dartmoor?

exmoor-flagExmoor – a moorland and national park in north Devon and Somerset – has just adopted a flag after a public competition.

Perhaps its time for its near neighbour, Dartmoor, to do the same?

Among other things, Dartmoor is famous for its bare granite-topped hills – Tors – and for its free-roaming Dartmoor ponies. Its rivers and streams include the sources of the River Dart, from which it takes its name.

My initial idea is to combine the green land with the grey of the granite and blue and white for the rivers, divided “enarched” to indicate Dartmoor’s hills, along with a Dartmoor pony in silouette:

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A Northern Ireland flag idea

There has been some discussion across the Irish Sea about a new, neutral, flag for Northern Ireland, so I thought I’d have a go at something.

I’ve based this on the red-hand-on-hexagon idea which I used in a proposed coat of arms, dividing the whole flag into six parts extending from the six points of the hexagon (Northern Ireland consists of six counties, and the hexagon shape is seen in the columns of Giant’s Causeway). Various colour combinations are possible.

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This one uses red, white, blue and green. Red, white and blue are the colours of the UK flag. Green is the traditional colour for Ireland; white and green appear in the flag of the Irish Republic; blue is the background colour of the Irish coat of arms, which is used both by the Republic and in the British royal arms. Alternatively, red represents the peoples, blue the sea and lakes, green the island of Ireland.

Other possibilities add orange, for the Unionist community, with green representing the Nationalist community, or splitting the flag between the colours of the national flags of the UK and Ireland – red, white and blue in one half; green, white and orange in the other.

In all these flags, white extends throughout, representing the aspiration for peace.

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Here’s another version, with wider white bands and the diagonal arms not centred on points of the hexagon, which increases the area of the top and bottom sections:

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Here we go again! ….

Another idea for a no-Scotland UK flag. Like one of my earlier ones, this has similarities to the South African flag because of the sideways “Y” shape (a “pall fesswise” in heraldry). There’s no attempt to represent individual countries : instead, the three arms of the pall represent the three remaining UK nations. Red and white are the two colours common to all three constituent national flags, and blue represents the sea in which this island nation sits. Because of the colours, this still has a British feel to it.

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Here it is along with the royal standard and various ensigns. The ensigns are proportioned 1:2 whereas the land flags are 3:5, as is usual practice in the UK nowadays

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The background could be green, represent the land and green fields, and giving all the main colours of the three flags, but I prefer the blue:

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Yet another rUK idea

Something a bit more radical, which works with or without Scotland:

For a single, unified flag for England plus one or more Celtic countries (Scotland, Wales, NI), we could dispense with St.George (who was not English, and never came anywhere near England) and replace his cross with the cross flory from the attributed arms of St. Edward the Confessor and other Saxon kings. Then add a circle in the middle to produce a “Celtic cross flory”.

If all the symbolism is in the design, the colours wouldn’t really matter, but I’ve used the blue and gold of the attributed Saxon kings’ arms, plus one version in the traditional red, white and blue.

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The only trouble is that the “Celtic cross flory” looks familiar to me, but I can’t think where from.

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A couple more UK-without-Scotland ideas

Two more weeks to go before we discover whether the UK will need a new flag or not, so unless and until the need goes away, I’ll keep dreaming things up! These keeps all the crosses and their backgrounds intact:

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Of course, if Scotland does remain in the UK, there’s still the little matter of getting Wales into the flag.

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