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Ferwerderadiel (The Netherlands)

Fryslân province

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ferwerderadeel municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 30 Jun 1959

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Ferwerderadiel municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 8.953; area: 133,93 km². Settlements: Ferwert (seat), Bartlehiem (part), Blije, Burdaard, Ginnum, Hallum, Hegebeintum, Jannum, Jislum, Lichtaard, Marrum, Reitsum, Wânswert.
Ferwerderadiel/Ferwerderadeel is a municipality in North Friesland. the Netherlands. It is named after its seat, Ferwerd.
The flag was adopted 30 June 1959. Colors and stars are derived from the municipal Coat of Arms. The number of villages determined the number of elements in the municipal flag. (v. Sierksma, Nederlands vlaggenboek, 1962)
Jarig Bakker, 22 August 1999

Ferwerderadiel wimpel

Ferwerderadiel wimpel] by Jarig Bakker, 29 Jun 2005
in use 2005; design: own

André van de Loo bought some time ago the new wimpel (pennant) of Ferwerderadiel, Fryslân province. This was:
blue over yellow; at the hoist 14 chequy square of yellow and blue; the blue squares charged with a yellow 6-pointed star.

This was a wimpel based on the hoist of the municipal flag and the colors of the municipal flag and arms. The 7 stars represent the 7 villages in the municipality.
After a bit of research André discovered that there was already a different municipal wimpel, designed by the Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk (Frisian Council of Heraldry) in 1984: red over white; a square blue canton charged with four yellow 6-pointed

Red and white are the colors of the former division of Oostergo; the stars were from the flag and arms of Ferwerderadiel.
André contacted a member of the municipal council who happened to be his brother-in-law, in order to make the council aware of the old design. In his opinion the colors for the fly were not correct, as they were reserved for the Frisian cities by the FRfH. However his brother-in-law deposed his criticism in an "in"-basket, and a sleepy civil servant noted that the FRfH was adamantly complaining about the new wimpel.
This was reported in the two main Frisian newspapers, Leeuwarder Courant and Friesch Dagblad, without André being mentioned.
In the articles the municipality insisted on 7 stars, but was willing to discuss the colors of the fly. But actually it wasn't willing to discuss matters with the too-much-fuss-making Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk at all.
Jarig Bakker, 29 Jun 2005

The Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk was notified by someone (not André) about the existence of the present pennant of Ferwerderadeel (probably designed by the Dokkumer Vlaggen Centrale at the request of the municipality?). The Rie had some correspondence with the municipality, referring to its earlier design. It seems that the municipality would consider adopting that when all present pennants need to be replaced. The Rie adviced to have it laid down in a Municipal Resolution in order to prevent future mishaps.
It is a pity that Ferwerderadeel is the only Frisian municipality which uses a design that is different from our old "wimpelrapport" by their own negligence.
How it can be done is shown by Leeuwarderadeel and Menaldumadeel, where pennants were adopted by municipal resolution, after consultation of the Rie.
Rudolf J. Broersma, 1 Sep 2006

Ferwerderadiel proposed wimpel (1984)

Ferwerderadiel proposed wimpel] by Jarig Bakker, 29 Jun 2005
proposed in 1984; design: Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk

Ferwerderadiel Coat of Arms

Ferwerderadiel Coat of ArmsInternational Civic Arms :

Granted 25 Mar 1818.

Hallum village

[Hallum village flag] by Mark Sensen, 29 Aug 1999

The village flag of Hallum (in the Frisian municipality Ferwerderadiel) has a black hoist (1/3th of the flag length), and a fly horizontally striped in the colours of the rainbow: red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet.
The design is from the local artist Ids Willemsma. All the colours represent the day, the black represents the night. The colours also refer to colours of the world: products of the local industry find their way all over the world. The number seven (of the seven stripes) comes from the coat-of-arms of the municipality of Ferwerderadeel with its seven stars.
Source: Genealogysk Jierboek 1995.
Mark Sensen, 29 Aug 1999

8 colors (black, red - orange - yellow - green - blue - indigo - violet) on one flag should be a vexillological worldrecord!
Mark Sensen, 8 Jun 2003

I have been trying to find out for a number of years now who was responsible of foisting this truly hideous flag design on the lovely village of Hallum but no one seems to know or want to own up. Yet the flag has been around for a while (at least for 7 years) and is displayed from every shopfront in the village, which is about 4 kilometers from  my home in Wânswert.
I know of no other flag that features *eight* different colours in such a manner - it is the vertical black stripe that really spoils its appearance, without that it could be the gay flag.
André van de Loo, 9 Jun 2003

Hallum Coat of Arms

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