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Belfeld lies between Venlo and Roermond, just north of Beesel. Here
is a big complex of locks in the Maas-river.
The flag has a bell, so is canting.
Jarig Bakker, 22 November 1999
The oldest written reference to Belfeld is dated 1326 in a document
where one Gerhard Vosken and his wife from Swalmen were forced to build
and live there at the Maas river, and to have his processions available
for the use of the count of Gelre. In 1906 the municipal council applied
for a Coat of Arms, but it was refused because it looked to much like the Coat of Arms of
the province of Gelderland. 21 years later in 1927 they applied again and
this time it was approved. The Coat of Arms depicted a shield with on it two lions,
upheld by the patron saint (Pope Urbanus I). In the middle of the shield
was a smaller hart shield on which was the Coat of Arms of Ambt Montfort (of which
Belfeld was part). The main shield was similar to the shield of Gelre,
where Belfeld belonged to since 1277. On the 22 April 1982 the official
Belfeld flag was adopted, and was described as a vertical tricolour respectively
in blue, yellow and black, and in the canton a white bell. The colours
where derived from the Coat of Arms.
Source : Gemeente Belfeld Information booklet 2000 - 2001.
Franc Van Diest, 25 February 2001.
"Boëte de Paort" (outside the gate) of south Venlo, in Limburg
province one can see an orange flag with a green opened gate, see:
( http://www.boetedepaort.nl/jubileum/vlag.html ). The site mentions that one can see it frequently in south Venlo and outside the gate; they are mighty proud of it, and it costs only 15 Euros.
V.V. Boëte de Paort is a carnival-society, or in Limburgian: "Vastelaovesvereiniging".
According to Mark Sensen nearly every community below the Big Rivers has its own carnival-society, most of which have their own flags. Most of those do look like carnival-flags, but there are exceptions like this one.
Thanks to Mr. H. van Heijningen and Stefan Lambrechts for translating from Limburgian. Stefan pointed out that the orange parts in the gatewall are upsidedown "V's" for "VastelaovesVereiniging" (during the carnival the whole world is upsidedown!).
Jarig Bakker, 23 Jan 2006