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Isle of Wight (United Kingdom)

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[Flag of Isle of Wight] by John Graney

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Description of the Flag

I work next to the council offices in Newport and I see this most days. I call it a flag rather than a banner because it has only elements of the arms of the Isle of Wight. I downloaded the arms from http://www.ngw.nl/int/gbr/i/iwight.htm then copied the elements from the centre of the arms and arranged them on a flag of a darker blue.
John Graney, 30 November, 2003

Under the reorganisation of English regional government in 1974, the Isle of Wight was separated from Hampshire. Since 1996 it has been a unitary authority, combining the powers of a county and district council.

On another page, a small FAQ about Wight, (http://www.isleofwight.freeuk.com/), is asked: "Is there an Isle of Wight flag or crest?
- Mmmm... yes and no! The Isle of Wight Council has a crest and the central shield of this, the castle and three anchors, is used as a flag for the Council. Whether this counts as an official flag is open to debate..."
According to this, the County Council is using a banner of is arms. These can be found at: http://www.ngw.nl/int/gbr/i/iwight.htm
Pascal Vagnat, 17 April 2003

At the International Island Games in July 2003, the Isle of Wight competed as one of the teams at the games, and used the English flag as their national flag (unlike places like Guernsey, the Orkneys, Gotland and Froya) - so presumably there is no official Island flag.
James Dignan, 2 July 2003


Reports of the St. David's flag on Isle of Wight (erroneous)

In article about the flags of the Isles of Scilly, Scilly News reported the flag of Isle of Wight is a yellow cross on black, essentially the flag of Dewi Sant (Saint David) of Wales
W. Madsen, 24 June 2002

This flag is doubtful. I found on the web, this other page: http://members.lycos.co.uk/damonmlord/wessisc/flag.html, where it is said that "the flag of the "Wessic" people is a black banner with a yellow cross. The flag of Wight is the flag of "Saint Geowan", who is the patron saint of Wight." If you read carefully it is said also: "Note: This is a work of fiction, a background for my fictional language Wessisc. For real information on tourism on the Isle of Wight, a site we may suggest is
http://www.isle-of-wight-tourism.gov.uk/."


Cowes, Isle of Wight

The flag of Cowes (a city in the Isle of Wight) is a 2:3 banner of arms. It is a Saint George cross, red on white field, with a crown in the upper hoist and a ship in the lower fly. An idea of it can be obtained from www.cowes.co.uk.

Olivier Touzeau, 7 November 2001

Cowes is an important yachting harbor, at the mouth of a mighty river with the typical English name of Medina.

Jarig Bakker, 14 January 2002


Island Sailing Club of Cowes

[Island Sailing Club of Cowes] by Ivan Sache, tower from the GASO website

A red triangular flag with a yellow tower with black door, masonry etc. was seen on a boat moored in the Old Basin of Honfleur (Normandy). Jarig Bakker identified the flag as the burgee of the Island Sailing Club of Cowles, Isle of Wight.
Ivan Sache, 27 December 2004

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