Flag of the Isle of Wight

The Flag of the Isle of Wight was adopted and registered in January 2009. It shows a diamond shape (the island) hovering over ocean waves. The indentation of the top corner of the diamond represents the River Medina, which is the largest river on the island.

Isle of Wight
Flag of the Isle of Wight
NameCounty flag
Proportion3:5
AdoptedJanuary 2009
Designed byJohn Graney
Isle of Wight Council Flag
Variant flag of the Isle of Wight
NameCounty council flag
Proportion2:3
DesignCastle and three gold anchors on blue background

History

There is anecdotal evidence that the Isle of Wight county colours have been used as a flag. These consisting of two thinner green vertical stripes surrounding a central thick white stripe and these flags are still available from various sources.[1] Other than this the only established flag of modern times prior to 2007 was the three anchor and castle design used by the council. Those who still fly the green and white colours now often refer to them as 'The rebel green'.[2][3]

Rebel Green
The rebel green flag.

In 2007 an 'Isle of Wight Flag Committee' was founded to create a flag for the Isle of Wight. It ran a public competition, in association with the County Press newspaper, to design the flag, which received over 350 entries. Four designs were shortlisted and put to the public in a vote.[4]

The winning design was by John Graney and was registered by the Flag Institute on 9 January 2009. Although the island does not meet the Flag Institute's preferred criterion of being a historic county, the flag has nevertheless been described as a "county flag" to reflect the island's distinct identity.

In April 2009 the new flag was officially launched and replaced the older design flown from County Hall.[5]

Isle of Wight Council flag

Before this competition, the Council flag was the only popularly known flag for the island. It is taken from the Isle of Wight Arms granted in 1938 and features a representation of Carisbrooke Castle, which was the historic seat of the Governors. The blue surrounding field and three gold anchors represent the island's status and maritime history.

The Council flag can only be used by the Council on its local government buildings. Therefore, until the new island flag was registered, the island's team at events such as the International Island Games used only the Union Flag, or on occasion, St George's Cross.

References

  1. ^ http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Isle-of-Wight-Colours-5x3-Flag-/381374859524?hash=item58cbb68904:g:wzsAAOSwDNdV3aNH
  2. ^ http://onthewight.com/2009/09/09/ahoy-the-rebel-green-flag/
  3. ^ https://britishcountyflags.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/isle-of-wight-flag/
  4. ^ http://www.flaginstitute.org/index.php?location=10&flagtype=county&flagid=108
  5. ^ "All a-flutter - It's the Isle of Wight Flag". Isle of Wight County Press. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
Coat of arms of the Isle of Wight

The coat of arms of the Isle of Wight was granted to the former Isle of Wight County Council in 1938. The arms were transferred to the new unitary Isle of Wight Council when the county council along with Medina and South Wight district councils were abolished in 1995.

The shield contains an image of Carisbrooke Castle, the historical seat of many former governors of the island, and three gold anchors. The azure (blue) field and anchors are representative of Wight's island status and maritime history. The shield is also the basis of the flag of the Isle of Wight.

The crest gold mural crown, typical of many English county arms. In the case of the Isle of Wight, three blue anchors have been added.

The supporters, both rampant, are a horse and heraldic seahorse, respectively for the agricultural and seafaring traditions known on the Isle. The white colour of these animals mirrors the use of a white horse on arms of Kent. This recalls the links with the ancient Kingdom, as both areas were settled predominantly by tribes of Jutes from the 5th century onwards.

The compartment features the sea and shoreline to further represent the island status. The motto reads "All this beauty is of God".

The arms were granted to the County Council. Under the terms of the grant by the College of Arms, they can not be used by other organisations associated with the Isle of Wight, even with the council's permission.

Flag of Kiribati

The flag of Kiribati is red in the upper half with a gold frigatebird (Fregata minor, in Gilbertese: te eitei) flying over a gold rising sun (otintaai), and the lower half is blue with three horizontal wavy white stripes to represent the ocean and the three groups (Gilbert, Phoenix and Line Islands). The 17 rays of the sun represent the 16 Gilbert Islands and Banaba (former Ocean Island).

The frigatebird symbolises command of the sea, power, freedom and Kiribati cultural dance patterns, the blue and white wavy bands represent the Pacific Ocean, which surrounds Kiribati and the sun refers to Kiribati's position astride the Equator.

The badge was designed by Sir Arthur Grimble in 1932 for the Gilbert and Ellice Islands British colony.

Kiribati's flag is an armorial banner, a flag having a design corresponding exactly to that of the shield in the coat of arms.

The coat of arms dates back to May 1937 when it was granted to the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, as Kiribati and Tuvalu were then known. The shield was incorporated into the centre of the fly half of a British Blue Ensign as the state ensign of the colony.

Shortly before independence was granted in 1979, a local competition was held to choose a new national flag, and a design based on the colonial coat of arms was submitted to the College of Arms. The College of Arms decided to modify this design. Both the golden frigatebird and the sun were enlarged to occupy more of the top of the flag, and the width of the blue and white wavy bands was reduced. The local people, however, insisted on the original design, in which the top and bottom halves of the flag were equal, the sun and local frigate bird small, and the various design elements outlined in black. The new flag was hoisted during the independence day celebrations in the capital, Tarawa, on 12 July 1979.

The flag bears a very slight resemblance to the flag of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, as well as to the flag of British Columbia, the Flag of the Isle of Wight, the flag of the Company of Scotland, flag of Italia Marittima and the flag of the city of Bath, Maine.

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