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Red lobster flag, Wales, United Kingdom

Skin Care Cymru

Last modified: 2017-08-04 by rob raeside
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[Red lobster flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 8 July 2017

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Description of the Flag

From 2017-03-01 to 2017-03-10, thirty Red Lobster Flags were flown atop the most important landmarks in Wales. These flags, hoisted by the Skin Care Cymru charity, were intended to raise the awareness of skin cancer and need to protect against the sunburn, symbolized by the red lobster replacing the red dragon on the Welsh national flag. The reactions to the flag were mixed: while a number of people objected to what they saw as desecration of the national flag and the national holiday - the flags were first raised on St David's Day - seems that many more did not feel that way, recognizing the need to warn the people against an increasing problem, even though some of them did also find the flag somewhat shocking at first sight.

Regarding the design, the depicted lobster is not exactly the real-life creature, since it has "borrowed" some anatomic features from the dragon, namely the tail ending and spikes along the back, while the shape of its antennae is the same as that of dragon's tongue.

[1] WalesOnline news portal:
[2] WalesOnline news portal:
[3] Cambrian News website:
[4] Daily Post website:
[5] The Bay Magazine website:

Tomislav Todorovic, 8 July 2017