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Tywyn (Gwynedd, Wales)

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[Tywyn] image located by Jason Saber, 29 May 2013

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Description of the flag

Flag Type: Town Flag
Flag Date: 18th May 2013
Flag Designer: Jenny Stevens
Adoption Route: Town Council
UK Design Code: Awaiting Code
Aspect Ratio: 3:5
Pantone® Colours: Blue 300, Yellow 109, Black, White
Certification: Flag Institute Chief Vexillologist, Graham Bartram

The division of the field into Yellow and Blue represents our beach and sea, one of Tywyn’s biggest attractions, and the reason that many thousands of people visit us. The field is divided using a wavy line to represent the shore’s breakwater.

The Raven Trussed represents historic Tywyn, as the raven was the family emblem of Philanthropist John Corbett of Droitwich, an industrialist and politician of the Victorian era, who resided part-time this area in the mid-late 1800s and whose generosity saw amongst many other things, the construction of a seafront promenade, for the benefit of the town. The Raven, though originally from the Corbett family crest, is accepted by locals as an emblem of Tywyn, due to it being installed on building constructions funded by Corbett, and the bird can still be seen on numerous buildings in and around the town today.

The Dolphin Naiant signifies the visits from Bottle-nosed Dolphins which Tywyn frequently enjoys. The animals are a regular feature of our coastline during the summer months, using our sheltered Cardigan Bay to nurse their young, much to the delight of locals and visitors. Both charges face left, a nod to the West coast of Wales on which Tywyn nestles.

Jason Saber, 29 May 2013

At was posted an article about an official flag for Tywyn:

Unofficial flag of the Town of Tywyn, Wales

Special design flag for Tywyn causes controversy in resort A row has broken out in a Gwynedd seaside town about the flying of a specially-designed flag on its promenade. Supporters claim the blue and yellow banner gives Tywyn an identity but others say it not representative.

The idea for the flag, which features a raven and a dolphin, came from the town's chamber of tourism and commerce.

Gwynedd council owns the flag poles and said permission would be needed before the 'Tywyn flag' is raised again.

Tywyn Chamber of Tourism and Commerce chairman Mike Stevens said the four flag poles along the front were only used during the summer and mostly flew the Welsh flag, swimming warnings, and were occasionally changed to reflect events such as royal weddings and Olympics.

"We wanted it to look nice and colourful, for it to give the town a bit of identity, and we've had people asking if we will be producing merchandise such as mugs with the flag on," Mr Stevens said.

Local man Royston Jones said he was unhappy with any move to lower the Welsh flag, and added that the design of the "Tywyn banner" did not represent the area.

"Nobody knows what it is. The raven is said to represent the history of Tywyn, but it is linked to the Corbett family who moved to Tywyn in the 19th Century. The history of the area goes back to St Cadfan in the 6th Century," he added.

The chairman of the town council, Alun Evans, says there had been some confusion about who was responsible for flying flags along the front.

He added too that a Welsh flag had been taken down to make room for the Tywyn banner, although Mr Steven denies this happened.

Gwynedd council say formal permission would be needed before the Tywyn banner can be flown again.

Charles Ashburner, the chief executive of the Flag Institute - which researches and documents flags from all over the world - says whilst the design is "bold, clear and distinct, it is not clear to me yet whether it is intended to represent Tywyn or the people of Tywyn".

"Planning regulations may also need to be consulted and an unintended consequence of transferring legislative powers from Westminster to Cardiff is that Wales now has far stricter flag planning regulations than England."

The Welsh government has been asked for a comment.

Vanja Poposki, 6 October 2012

Some controversy has erupted over the use of this municipal flag:
Michael Young
, 19 May 2014


Variant flag

[Tywyn] image by Rob Raeside, 7 October 2012
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A variant displayed on the BBC website shows a narrow wavy white band between the yellow and blue fields, and the crow facing hoist-wise.