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Cumbria (England)

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Although there is no official county flag for Cumbria, there is the heraldic crest commissioned by Cumbria County Council. There have been several flags suggested over the years, including my own: Other flags previously suggested include ones based upon:
- White cross on blue background
- the old Cumberland and Westmorland flags
Dave Atkinson,15 June 2008

Cumbria proposal

[Cumbria proposal] image by Dave Atkinson, 16 June 2008

I created this proposal two years ago to use as a banner at Carlisle United games. Although I had no deliberate intention to promote it widely, it is now well known amongst Carlisle fans and has appeared on Sky Sports and Virgin Media. It even featured on the opening credits of some of the highlights packages. I've had quite a few fans coming up and saying hello at games, and asking where they can get one, so I did investigate getting more printed up. In the meantime, I am ordering 100 car stickers, because that many people have placed advanced orders for them. Not bad considering I've not publicised it to date and it was only meant to be a joke!

As I said, there is no official flag, but the one I've designed is the only one that actually includes the official coat of arms, commissioned for the (re)creation of the county of Cumbria in 1974.
Dave Atkinson, 16 June 2008

Commercial flag

[Cumbria, England] image located by Ian MacDonald, 14 July 2010

This flag is being marketed for Cumbria. The commercially available flag is based on the Arms of Cumberland.

The arms represent the natural features of the county, the flowers referring to the grass of Parnassus which grows on the marshy uplands, while the base of the shield stands for the rivers, lakes, and seaboard. The pick and crook allude to the local activities of mining and sheep-rearing. The curlew is a bird common in the uplands of the County, and the mural crown is commonly found in the arms of municipal authorities. The bull of the ancient Cumberland family of Dacre is an historic emblem associated particularly with the old Border warfare, and the roebuck is traditional to the County. The supporters are shown standing on a masoned base representing Hadrian's Wall.
Ian MacDonald, 14 July 2010

County Council logo flag

[Flag of Cumbria county council, England] image located by Valentin Poposki, 9 December 2011

Regional flag: Cumberland

[Cumberland] image by Ben McGarr, 22 November 2007

While on holiday in the Lake District a few weeks ago, I saw some flag stickers on sale in a local store in Patterdale. There were advertised by the label "Fly your regional flag" or something like that, and there were three different flags. Two of them were white crosses on a blue field with the words "Cumbria" or "Cumberland" written in the cross, and the third was similar with a red cross on a yellow field with the inscription "Westmorland". As I understand it, the historical counties of Cumberland and Westmorland make up the modern Cumbria.
Jonathan Dixon, 11 September 2004