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I went to Chester this morning to find out about the flag of Cheshire. The County Council offices have been moved to the town of Winsford, several miles away and now a bedroom suburb of Manchester. However, the staff at the Chester City Tourist Office, (the former city hall) were very helpful. The Cheshire County Council flag apparently exists in two variants, one just with the shield and garb and the other with the lettering as well,. There doesn't seem to be any formal regulation as to which is official; I was told that apparently when the flags were first ordered after the local government reorganization in 1974 they did not have any lettering beneath the logo, but when a reorder took place sometime during the 1980s they suddenly appeared with the lettering. She said that she wasn't sure whether there had been any action on the part of the County Council with respect to this, or whether it was just a unilateral action on the part of the flagmaker (i e, somebody got it wrong and there was too much apathy and inertia to complain). I myself was too apathetic to go next door to the main library to check council records on microform as to this point.
One of the alternative titles of the Heir to the English throne (I'm not sure if it also appertains to the United Kingdom as a whole) is Earl of Chester, and when Princess Diana was still Princess of Wales she opened the main hospital in the county in Chester. The hospital is named after her - it's the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Ron Lahav, 22 March 2004