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Voorthuizen village (The Netherlands)

Barneveld municipality, Gelderland province

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[Voorthuizen village flag] image by Stefan Lambregts, 7 Oct 2009
adopted 4 jul 2009

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Voorthuizen village

The village of Voorthuizen is part of the municipality of Barneveld.
The National Championship of "Dweilorkesters"* took place this year in Voorthuizen.
As reported by "Barneveldse Krant", 7 July 2009, the organizers of the event have offerred on 4 July a flag to the village of Voorthuizen, which lacks one. The villagers expect the flag to be officially approved by the municipality of Barneveld.
The flag is quartered purple-green by a blue cross, with a big yellow fleur-de-lis placed over the cross - with a colour photo of the flag

* The "dweilorkester" are street bands playing carnaval music. They used to ramble from cafe to cafe, an act called in Brabantian Dutch "weilen", that is "rambling in the streets passably drunk" , therefore their name. See  "Dweilorkest" in Wikipedia.
Live examples on YouTube, TwoTube, ThreeTube.
Ivan Sache, 15 Jul 2009

Wikipedia shmikipedia: a "dweilorkest" is playing during "dweilpauzes", when the ice is being prepared for the next races of speedskating matches, in order to prevent the crowds from becoming overly drunk. It started long, long ago when the "Blauhúster Dakkapel" started playing when the first big Zambonis appeared in Heerenveen's Thialf-stadium, and other orchestras followed, playing everywhere all over the land.
"Dweilorkesten" will undoubtedly be playing during the Nijmeegse Vierdaagse, due to start today.
Jarig Bakker, 21 Jul 2009

And the flag disappeared on 5 July, to resurface only ten days later in Noord-Holland!
"Barneveldse Krant", 16 July 2009, shows a photo, anonymously sent, of the flag hoisted in front of a road signal at Enkhuizen. The inhabitants of Voorthuizen are not pleased at all, and expect the flag to be back to Voorthuizen as soon as possible.
Ivan Sache, 20 Jul 2009