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Makkum (The Netherlands)

Wûnseradiel municipality, Fryslân province

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[Makkum new flag] image by Stefan Lambrechts, 8 Feb 2009
adopted c. 2004; original design: Kl. Sierksma

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Makkum new flag

Stefan Lambrechts discovered that c. 2004 a new model had been adopted: the old flag with the white image of the mermaid of the coat of arms. The new flag has been presented to the crew of the minesweeper "Makkum", as can be seen here.
Several villagers use it as the Frisian counterpart of the Flemish lion to be spotted at sports venues.
Jarig Bakker, 4 Mar 2009

Makkum village

[Makkum village flag] image by Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 19 Apr 1955; design: Kl. Sierksma

Makkum is a village in Wûnseradiel municipality in the province of Fryslân.
Flag: per hoistdiagonal yellow over green; at the hoist the narrowed municipal flag.
adopted 1955; design: Kl. Sierksma.
Arms: Azure a mermaid or, holding in her right hand a sailing boat argent, and in her left hand a lime-kiln argent.
The symbolism of this old Coat of Arms is that all prosperity for Makkum originates in the sea: fishing and chalk. The chalk-industry has disappeared, and fishing is disappearing gradually. According to Mr. Sierksma Makkum used to have another Coat of Arms: a deer statant. That is no longer in use.

This is no longer true: Makkumer pottery is prospering more than ever, and there are several wharfs for yachting boats - one is even producing ships for filthy rich people. The maid could afford a furcoat :-)

Nickname: "Strânjutters" - beachcombers
"Migen" - relatives (Dutch: "magen") - honorific name for people who value their relatives.

Source: It Beaken, jrg. xxxi, # 3-4, Dec 1969
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958
Groot Schimpnamenboek van Nederland, by Dirk van der Heide, 1998
Jarig Bakker, 12 Apr 2005

Makkum Coat of Arms

[Makkum Coat of Arms] image by Jarig Bakker, 12 Apr 2005