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Allerdale, Cumbria (England)

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[Allerdale flag] image by Rob Raeside, 14 February 2006

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Borough Council Flag

The website of Newton Newton Flags shows a flag of Allerdale Borough Council as a white sheet bearing the Borough Council's arms, crest, supporters and motto. Details of the arms can be found on Ralf Hartemink's Civic Arms site.
Laurence Jones
, 10 October 2005

From Heraldry of the World site:

The arms feature a winged unicorn, surrounded by three cornucopias. This pegasus symbolises inspiration. The unicorn's horn represents purity and healing. Together, this charge shows the Borough Council's mission to care and preserve. A unicorn's horn also was also part of the arms of the Christian and Curwen families.

The crest features a green mural crown, suitable for a largely rural Borough. On the crown stands an elephant, symbolising integrity and unity. It supports a coal miner's pick, and has a ship shaped weathervane on top of the howdah for the maritime industries. It also refers to the harnessing of wind power in the district.

The dexter supporter is a sea dog, representing the people living in the costal and inland areas of Allerdale. The collar is derived from the arms of Fletcher Christian. He supports a crook, for the sheep farming of the hills, as well as rambling by visitors. A ship's chain attached to the collar completes the supporter.
The sinister supporter is a centaur. He suggests the Roman past of Allerdale and also hospitality and wisdom. Around his neck are the masks of Tragedy and Comedy and holds a bugle horn, suggesting the importance of drama and music in the Borough. The crosier is for the monastic and ecclesiastical foundations of the area. The centaur has a dragon's tail from the Lowther family arms.

The motto is EX UNITATE CURAQUE FORTIOR or Strength through caring and working together.

Laurence Jones, 10 October 2005