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Could you please let me know which is the official flag for Cumbria.
I am researching for an update to my book “Fly the World’s Flags”. I wish to add the English County flags in my book and the main one for Cumbria has me Foxed at this stage..
Well, I think it might be the top right flag above! But it might not be! That’s the point of my post really, it seems there is great confusion. Add to that the apparent incompetence of our politicians, the flag shown in the linked image outside the Westminster (which is the top right image above) is upside down!
Thanks for your response Pete.
It looks as if I will have to dig deeper.
Wikipedia says that it is the top left one but the one you can purchase is the top right one. It is available in two versions. Old and new with. The new one has larger flowers.
Some one should have a grip on the situation!!!
That was the pits with the flag being displayed upside down.
Therefore I would say that the top-right flag is not the flag of Cumbria (but CUMBERLAND), and therefore Cumbria probably doesn’t have an official flag at all (it being comprised of Cumberland, Westmorland and a bit of Lancashire) as far as the county registration goes.
However, the wikipedia article for Cumbria states that the county flag depicts the banner of arms of the county council, which is the one depicted on the bottom left:
The top-right and bottom-right are both Cumberland flags. Of which top-right is the “commercial” flag Which is why I think it often gets used for Cumbria. But this is not right. However, it does seem to be often used, especially by politicians from those parts of Cumbria. While bottom-left is a flag that is little more than a flag used by Carlisle United football fans. I suspect it’s given some credibility by using the County Council commissioned coat of arms. Again, I don’t think this right. All of those three are Cumberland (north of Cumbria) biased.
It remains the case that Cumbria seems to be without a flag!
(Lastly, I can only assume that you last comment is tongue-in-cheek?)
Yes, I understand that the top right is the flag of Cumberland. I remember something like that in a coat of arms on my primary school exercise books (I am old). I was driving down to Kendal today past Ings and a burger van there had a Westmorland flag which is very nice. The Lancashire flag is the red rose, which you knew.
The bottom right is a flag of Cumbria that I have seen on cars. I suppose it is like the Scottish flag because of our links with Scotland. Interestingly the modern county coat of arms has a red dragon to symbolise our ancient links with Wales (Cymru – Cumbria)