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Kollumerland en Nieuwkruisland, Fryslân province
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by Mark Sensen, 2 May 2001
Westergeest village (Westergeast)
A flag with a yellow diagonal cross; the triangles to hoist and fly are
green, and the top- and bottom-triangles are black.
Colors: princes-yellow, clear-green, and black.
The st. Andrew's cross refers to four roads, converging at the village
church, where law was administered in ancient times. Judges came from four
quarters, and each year a judge from one quarter was appointed, the next
year from the next quarter, etcetera. The colors yellow, green, and black
refer respectively to sandy soil, clay, and peat-soil, which characterized
the regions. Yellow refers also to the dairy-factory "Huisternoord",
where "Kollumerkaas" was produced; green to the grass-drying factory;
both have stopped production.
Source: information from Kollumerland municipality.
The dairy-factory Huisternoord never produced Kollumer cheese.
It was made in Burgum in the Frico-factory, untilthat was closed
down in 2003. Huisternoord produced the cheesebrands Old Amsterdam
and Westlite gemaakt. It also made the green/yellow Maaslander cheese.
It was closed down in 1996.
Pieter Bosch, 22 Aug 2004
Westergeest Coat of Arms
from Ralf Hartemink's website.
Adopted 6 May 1970.
The colors yellow, green, and black refer to sandy soil, the clay,
and the marshy peat soil (geest) which meet in Westergeest. The
stump in the center of the Coat of Arms is the so-called Kienstobbe, frequently
found in the peat below the grass-fields. The St. Andrew's cross cuts the
Coat of Arms in four quarters, symbolizing the four roads which meet at the village