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Flag of Telde, two versions without or with coat of arms (as seen on 16 September 2011 in front of the municipal buildings on San Juan Square) - Images by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 October 2011
The flag of Telde is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 9 February 1999 by the Government of the Canary Islands and published on 12 March 1999 in the official gazette of the Canary Islands, No. 31, pp. 3,313-3,314 (text). The flag was initially approved on 26 March 1998 by the Municipal Council and validated on 18 September 1998 by the Heraldry Commission of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands.
The flag is described as follows:
Flag: Rectangular panel [...], whose length is 1.5 time the height, made of two horizontal stripes of equal dimensions. The first (or upper) stripe, red, the second (or lower) stripe, blue.
When the flag is charged with the municipal coat of arms, it should be placed in the center of the panel, preferably on both sides of the flag, with a height of 1/3 the flag's hoist.
These colours were traditionally used as the municipal flag to recall the first standard raised [on 13 September 1823] from Alameda de San Juan to Plaza de los Llanos, which was made of the bloody blue shirt of the Telde leader Matías Zurita, executed on this square. They symbolize the nobleness, courage and valiance of the sons of Telde.
The coat of arms of Telde is prescribed by Decree No. 2,602, adopted on 30 August 1964 by the Spanish Government.
The coat of arms is described as follows:
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1. Azure a sun or surrounded by a key and a staff of the same, 2. Gules a castle argent. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown open. Beneath the shield a scroll argent inscribed with the motto "FORTUNATARUM PRIMA CIVITAS ET SEDIS" [First Town and Seat of the Blissful] in letters sable.
According to José Manuel Erbez (Banderas y escudos de Canarias, 2007; website), the charges and the motto recall that Telde was the seat of the first bishopric in the Canary Islands (subsequently transfered to Las Palmas) and the first enclave set up by the Spaniards colonists (Gando Tower).
Flag of Telde, 2001 - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 March 2011
On the flag in use in 2001 (photo), the tower is represented like on the arms of Castile.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, Dov Gutterman & Ivan Sache, 4 October 2011
Flag of Telde Department of Beaches, as seen on 12 September 2011 on the Punto del Palo beach - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 October 2011
The flag is red, in proportions 2:3. In the center of the flag is a kind of fully detailed blueprint of the coat of arms having white contours on red ground. Above the arms is a white unserifed inscription of the name of the municipality, "M.I. Ayto. de Telde", beneath the arms is the name of the department, "Concejalía de Playas".
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 October 2011