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Wierum (The Netherlands)

Dongeradeel municipality, Fryslân province

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Wierum village Shipmate Flagchart :

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Wierum village

Flag: Two equally wide horizontal stripes of yellow and blue; in blue towards the hoist a white fish.
In the flag the black boat has not been placed in the hope of a brighter future. The fish is a pars-pro-toto for the three fishes on the arms.. With the horizontal division it connects to the other coastal villages: Holwerd, Paesens-Moddergat, and Engwierum. The yellow as land and blue as sea depict accurately the situation along the Waddenzee.

Wierum Coat of Arms

[Wierum Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 4 May 2004

Description: "Per fess: I. in gold a black fishing boat with full sails; II. in blue three silver fishes placed two and one".
In 1893 the Wierumers were watching on the dike their whole fishing fleet disappeared into the waves. As a reminder a fishing boat has been placed on the coat of arms in black mourning color, over a blue sea with fishes. The horizontal division gold over blue shows also that Wierum is on the coast: gold for land, blue for sea. The fishing boat is specific for Wierum and one can also see it as a wheather-vane in the church-spire.
Source: "Anoniem, 1994 (Wapens en vlaggen van Dongeradeel)"