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Recently I saw what is presumably the flag of Cambridge City Council flying from the Guildhall in Cambridge. The flag was light blue, with the coat of arms of Cambridge City. At http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/councillors/civic.htm it says:
The Borough of Cambridge, recipient of many royal charters, was granted a coat of arms in 1575. The elements used emphasised the importance of river born trade to the town, and the privileges granted by many kings over the centuries. (The rose and fleur de lis are royal badges). Not until 1951 was the borough granted the status of a city, and this was re-awarded in 1874 after local government reorganisation. The arms conferred on the town by the Clarenceux King of Arms, Robert Cooke, in 1575 were described as: "Gules, a bridge, in chief a flower de luce gold between two roses silver(An image of the arms can also been seen at the site)
on a point wave three boats sable, and to the crest upon the healme on a wreath gold and gules on a mount vert a bridge silver mantled gules doubled
silver, the Arms supported by two Neptunes horses the upper part gules the nether part proper finned gold."