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Municipal flag

The new municipality of Venlo is a merger of the former municipalities of Venlo, Tegelen and Belfeld (01-01-2001), the flag is the same as the former municipality of Venlo and is provisional.
Franc Van Diest,  24 February 2001

Belfeld [former municipality]

Belfeld former municipality Shipmate Flagchart :

Belfeld lies between Venlo and Roermond, just north of Beesel. Here is a big complex of locks in the Maas-river.
The flag has a bell, so is canting.
Jarig Bakker, 22 November 1999

The oldest written reference to Belfeld is dated 1326 in a document where one Gerhard Vosken and his wife from Swalmen were forced to build and live there at the Maas river, and to have his processions available for the use of the count of Gelre. In 1906 the municipal council applied for a CoA, but it was refused because it looked to much like the CoA of the province of Gelderland. 21 years later in 1927 they applied again and this time it was approved. The CoA depicted a shield with on it two lions, upheld by the patron saint (Pope Urbanus I). In the middle of the shield was a smaller hart shield on which was the CoA of Ambt Montfort (of which Belfeld was part). The main shield was similar to the shield of Gelre, where Belfeld belonged to since 1277. On the 22 April 1982 the official Belfeld flag was adopted, and was described as a vertical tricolour respectively in blue, yellow and black, and in the canton a white bell. The colours where derived from the CoA.
Source : Gemeente Belfeld Information booklet 2000 - 2001.
Franc Van Diest, 25 February 2001.