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Stramproy (The Netherlands)

Weert municipality, Limburg province

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[Municipality flag of Stramproy] image by Mark Sensen, 22 March 1997
adopted 27 Sep 1988

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Stramproy [former municipality]

The flag of the Dutch municipality of Stramproy combines the flags of Belgium and the Netherlands. As a result of the 1839 Treaty of London, Limburg was divided between the Netherlands and Belgium and the border was drawn almost right through the municipality Stramproy. On 27 September 1988 (effective date 1 January 1989) the council adopted a flag designed by its mayor, Beckers: horizontal black-yellow-red-white blue. The red stripe is twice the height of the other stripes because in the local dialect the abbreviation of the town (Rooi) sounds very much like "red".
On 1 January 1998 the municipalities of Weert and Stramproy merged into a new municipality of Weert, which continued to use the flag of the old municipality of Weert.
Mark Sensen, 22 March 1997

Standard of Stramproy in 1938

[Standard of Stramproy in 1938] image by Mark Sensen, 31 August 1997

During the jubilees of Queen Wilhelmina in 1938, when she was reigning 40 years, each municipality had a standard, witch had the following pattern: a square flag with the colours of the provincial arms (except Friesland and Noord-Brabant), in the canton (one quarter of the flag) the arms of the municipality.
In Stramproy a standard was used with the colours of Limburg, and in the canton a square representation of the coat of arms: divided per pale, dexter red with a silver castle with three towers, sinister on silver St. Willibrordus.
In some municipalities the flag was forgotten, and when they found it many years later they thought it was a historical flag of the city, like in Stramproy where it was used as unofficial flag before 1988.
Mark Sensen, 31 August 1997