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Westmorland (England)

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[Westmorland] image by Jason Saber, 1 October 2011

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Description of the flag

From the Westmorland Association website:
"Over the last few years, many counties in the UK have adopted a flag. The register of these flags is maintained by the Flag Institute. Westmorland currently has no flag registered with the Flag Institute. The Westmorland Association wants to see that changed and is suggesting that the following design would make a suitable flag for Westmorland.

The design is based on the shield from the Coat of Arms of the former Westmorland County Council. This Coats of Arms was approved by the College of Arms in 1926 and used by the council until its demise in 1974. The two red bars are from the arms of the de Lancaster family, Barons of Kendal. 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. This design is already the de-facto symbol of Westmorland as used by many county organisations. Let's make it the official flag too."
Jason Saber
, 9 December 2010

The Westmorland flag has now been registered with the Flag Institute.
Jason Saber, 13 December 2012

Flag Type: County Flag
Flag Date: 2nd June 1926
Flag Designer: The Westmorland Association
Adoption Route: Regional Organisation
UK Design Code: UNKG7431
Aspect Ratio: 3:5
Pantone® Colours: White, Yellow 116, Red 485
Valentin Poposki, 2 July 2020

Regional flag: Westmorland

[Westmorland] image by Ben McGarr

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