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3:5 image by António Martins, 1 March 2000
Blazon: Azure, a chevron Or, in chief a mullet of six points Argent.
António Martins, 1 March 2000
The ratio of the flag (as seen flying) is estimated 7:10. It is a light blue
(B-) flag with a yellow chevron topped by a white 6-point star.
The historical coat of arms was white with a yellow 6-point star and a red chevron. This pattern is still used by the local football club. Sir Adrian Strickland claimed the incorrect usage of two metals. The government of Malta made a proposal as follows: A blue field with a sinister bendy silvery (= white) line and a silvery (= white) 5-point star upon the sinister chief point. But the local council made an amendment back to the pattern of the historical version by changing the tinctures. The 6-point star became silvery (= white), the chevron golden (= yellow) and the background blue. The changes became valid by Act No.15 of 1993 of the local government. So probably the proposal never existed though published by department of information in February 1993.
Information published in: Kumitat dwar l-istemma/ L-istemma tal-Mellieħa/ stemma 3. Il-Mellieħa, March 1994. The star had to do with Jewish King David, blue was the colour of St. Mary and refers to the sea as well.
Source: I spotted this flag at the town hall of Mellieħa on October 2008
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 October 2008
3:5 image by Dirk Schönberger, 28 October 2002
The poster [Malta: Cities, towns and villages] shows the old flag.
Jaume Ollé, 5 March 2000
Blazon: Azure a bend Argent in sinister chief a mullet of the same.
Željko Heimer, 8 November 2002
According to Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website, this is the old coat-of-arms, the one at the top is the present arms. When were the current arms (and flag) adopted remains uncertain. Since the sources used by António Martins to draw his images in March 2000 must predate that date, we can only say with certainty that the former
Il-Mellieħa arms must date from 1999 or older.
Santiago Dotor, 1 March 2006