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Westdongeradeel (The Netherlands)
Dongeradeel municipality, Fryslân province
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adopted 22 May 1963
Westdongeradeel [former municipality]Westdongeradeel is in northeast Friesland, northwest of Dokkum, mainly grassland (greidhoeke), in which prospective brides were judged by 'koue-rútsjes' (cow-windows, windows in the stables).
The flag was adopted 22 May 1963, derived from the municipal CoA. It was discontinued in 1984 when it merged with Dokkum and Oostdongeradeel in the municipality of Dongeradeel. The white wavy diagonal symbolizes the river Dongera, which for some strange reason had another direction here than in Oostdongeradeel. The very doubtful existence of this 'river' (also called 'Paesens' after one of the Oostdongeradeel villages) may have caused this. Another point of confusion was the wavy v. the straight white diagonal. On all CoA's of Westdongeradeel I have seen the diagonal is wavy; in the last issues of the CoA of Oostdongeradeel the diagonal was straight, even embellished by a thin black line in the middle. On the base of that I would tend to think that the flag with the straight diagonal never existed. But I can add that both municipalities nearly never showed their flags.
At least: I never saw one as citizen of Oostdongeradeel.
Jarig Bakker, 26 October 1999
Historical Westdongeradeel flag Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm
The flag with the straight diagonal
Westdongeradeel CoAInternational Civic Arms : http://www.ngw.nl/