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adopted 2 Jan 1991; design: Drs. J.F. van Heijningen.
The old flag was adopted 16 Dec 1975; design: Kl Sierksma; description:
a blue hoist charged with a yellow lion rampant and a fly of three horizontal
stripes waved at least twice, yellow-blue-yellow, proportioned 8:5:8; the
yellow stripes each with a semée of an indefinite number of trees
in blue contourlines.
The lion is for Holland (Haarlem is the capital of Noord-Holland); the wavy stripe is foor "Liede" = water. The trees are canting for "Spaarnwoude", and is also designed to attract visitors to the recreational development area. <which it did: hippies!>
However it was discovered that the lion was garbled as the family-Coat of Arms of Spaarnwoude. As a result the municipality received on 10 Apr 1986 a new Coat of Arms: blue with a semée of silver blocks and charged with a lion rampant armed red, surmontée a yellow crown of three leaves and two pearls.
The new flag has the silver lion of Spaarnwoude; the blue wavy stripe represents (Haarlemmer) Liede. The trees have been omitted.
Source: Vexilla Nostra #175, article by Hans van Heijningen.
note: Spaarnwoude is named after the river Spaarne, and apparently has nothing to do with the tree the Dutch name "spar" (spruce-)fir.
Jarig Bakker, 22 Nov 2003
Semee of trees in outline--most interesting and unusual, adopted on
my (and Beethoven's) birthday, too... ;-).
Lewis A. Nowitz, 23 Nov 2003
Granted 10 Apr 1986