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Nieuwe Pekela (The Netherlands)

Pekela municipality, Groningen province

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[Nieuwe Pekela old flag]  image by Gerard van der Vaart, Shipmate.

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Nieuwe Pekela former flag

Sierksma, in Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62] wrote: Triangular of white, along the two sides with a conical red border, which in the hoist is proportioned 1:2:1, and in the red part a white bell.
This flag was adopted by municipal resolution of 21 Jun 1962. This is a historic flag, used by the Zeemanscollege "De Voorzorg", documented in Steenbergen's flagbook c. 1870 twice. H. J. Top, in "Geschiedenis der Groninger Veenkoloniën", 1893, mentions this flag on p. 268, and states that the College was rather old, and originated in the old guilds. Widow-funds, study-opportunities and disputes in wintertime were products of it. So the flag is of civic origin, and after adding the bell, the shipping flag was elevated to the state of municipal flag. Nieuwe Pekela or Boven-Pekela was originally in Oude Pekela municipality, but became a separate municipality in 1704. Oude Pekela was founded in 1599 by Feiko Allens Clock - hence the bell (klok) on the flag of Nieuwe Pekela.
Jarig Bakker, 30 Apr 2003

Voorzorg Zeemanscollege

[Voorzorg flag] image by Jaume Ollé, 27 Apr 2003, after Steenbergen: Vlaggen van alle Natiën, 1862

(See Zeemanscolleges)
Collegie "Voorzorg" (College "Provision"), established 1831 in Nieuwe Pekela. Leen Smit pictures number 155. Most likely merged into Eendracht maakt Macht.
Flag: Leen Smit describes thsi flag as "a white standard with red border and black digit." (translated). (The digits are black, indeed.) Since this is the only case where he uses this construct or the word "standard", I assume he is quoting here. The reason for that word in the original may be that it is supposed to describe a tapered flag, like a sailing club standard, as [sie62] mentions a triangular flag, white with a red border, for this college, and Nieuwe Pekela actually used a modified version of such a flag. [sie62] pictures the border as slightly tapering towards the tip, but nevertheless surrounding the white completely.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 6 Dec 2001


Voorzorg Zeemanscollege - other version

[Voorzorg other flag] image by Jaume Ollé, 28 Apr 2003, after Steenbergen: Vlaggen van alle Natiën, 1862