Flag of Westmorland
|Flag of Westmorland|
|Adopted||30 September 2011|
|Design|| A golden heraldic apple tree (for Appleby)|
on white and red bars (for Kendal)
|Designed by||The Westmorland Association|
The design was developed in consultation with the Flag Institute and has been designed in accordance with the precepts of good flag design. The design is based on the shield from the coat of arms of the former Westmorland County Council. This coat of arms was granted by the College of Arms in 1926 and used by the council until its demise in 1974.
Historically Westmorland comprised two baronies:
- The Barony of Kendal which covers the southwestern part of the county, including the towns of Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale.
- The Barony of Westmorland which covers the northern part of the county, including Appleby-in-Westmorland, the county town.
The two red bars on the flag are from the arms of the de Lancaster family, Barons of Kendal. These also featured prominently in the arms of the former South Westmorland Rural District Council. The stylised apple tree is from the thirteenth-century seal of the Borough of Appleby. Hence, the flag represents the two parts of the county. It is a recognised symbol of Westmorland, being used in the logos of local organisations such as the Westmorland County Football Association.
The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron said:
- "I’d like to congratulate the Westmorland Association for successfully registering the flag.
- I hope that it will be enthusiastically adopted by all of us who are lucky enough to live and work in this amazing area. I look forward to seeing it flying high when I am travelling around the South Lakes"
- "Official flag for Westmorland has been given the go-ahead". The Westmorland Gazette. 18 January 2012. http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/9478445.Official_flag_for_Westmorland_has_been_given_the_go_ahead/.
- "MP welcomes Westmorland flag win!". Tim Farron MP. 18 January 2012. http://timfarron.co.uk/en/article/2012/551438/mp-welcomes-westmorland-flag-win.
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