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Pekela (The Netherlands)
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adopted 22 Feb 1991.
Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 13.581; area: 50,22 km². Settlements:
Oude Pekela (seat), Boven Pekela, Nieuwe Pekela.
Pekela was formed by the merger on 1 Jan 1990 of the former municipalities
of Oude Pekela and Nieuwe
Pekela as a name is an anomaly. It is named after the Pekel A (Pekel
canal), by which peat dug from that place was transported to Groningen
city. Along the canal villages were built, like Oude Pekela and Nieuwe
Pekela. The villagers were peat-diggers, in very low esteem. After they
got rid of our muck that region remained not very exploitable. That 'veenkolonie'
and others were a feeding ground for Dutch Communism.
The ship (kofschip) on the flag refers to the Frisian Feicko
Clock, who started the magnificent digging operation...
Jarig Bakker, 12 November 1999
Pekela Coat of Arms
image from the Pekela
Granted 19 Jul 1990.