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Adopted 30 May 1985
West Maas en Waal municipalityPopulation (1 Jan 2003): 18.310; area: 85,84 km². Settlements: Beneden-Leeuwen (seat), Alphen, Altforst, Appeltern, Boven-Leeuwen, Dreumel, Maasbommel, Wamel.
This is a new municipality, formed 1 Jan 1985, formerly the municipalities of Appeltern and Wamel, 30 km west of Nijmegen. It is in the Betuwe, the garden of the Netherlands. Maasbommel, a small village, was a Hansa city. Seat: Beneden Leeuwen.
Flag: five wavy stripes of white and blue, with over all a vertical yellow stripe with 1/3 flaglength, charged with a doubleheaded black eagle, with 1/2 flagheight. The eagle is placed at 1/3 flaglength from the hoist.
Adopted 30 May 1985 by municipal resolution.
The double headed eagle symbolizes undoubtedly Maasbommel's past as a Hansa city.
Jarig Bakker, 18 Oct 1999
Wamel former municipality by Jarig Bakker, 6 Nov 2003
Adopted 8 Feb 1971
Wamel is a village and former municipality in Gelderland province, since 1985 part of the new municipality of West Maas en Waal.
Flag: three horizontal stripes of white and blue, proportioned 3:2:3; the blue stripe two times wavy and covering three black "kolf-sticks", spread evenly over the flag.
Adopted 8 Feb 1971 by municipal resolution.
Source: Derkwillem Visser's "Gemeentewapens en vlaggen Koninkrijk der Nederlanden", 2001.
It is not known why the "kolf-sticks" are on Wamel's flag and CoA. The wavy blue stripe is the river Waal.
Kolf is an old Dutch game - for description read this webpage (in Dutch, English and German).
Jarig Bakker, 6 Nov 2003