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Weert (The Netherlands)

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[Municipality flag of Weert]Mark Sensen, 22 November 1996
adopted 26 June 1980; design: J.F. van Heyningen.

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Weert municipality

Population (1 Jan 2003): 48.800; area: 105,46 km²; settlements: Weert (seat), Altweerterheide, Laar, Stramproy, Swartbroek, Tungelroy.
The flag of the municipality of Weert was adopted 26 June 1980. It replaced a simple horizontal white over blue which was adopted 7 Feb1962. Design: J.F. van Heyningen. Description: three equally wide horizontal stripes of white and blue; a
yellow hoist charged with three posthorns.
Mark Sensen, 22 Mar 1997

On 1 January 1998 the municipalities of weert and Stramproy merged into the new municipality of Weert, which continued to use the flag of the old municipality of Weert.
Mark Sensen, 14 Oct 1998

Weert Historical flag

Weert former municipality Shipmate Flagchart :

Used 1962-1980.
The former flag of Weert was adopted 7 Feb 1962 by municipal resolution.
Description: two equally wide horizontal stripes of white and blue. The colors are derived from the municipal arms. Before that a flag of blue and white (reversed colors) was used.
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62].
Jarig Bakker, 30 Aug 2003

Oldest (unofficial) flag

[Oldest Weerter flag] Shipmate Flagchart :

Flag in use before 1962 (never officially adopted)

Standard of Weert in 1938

[Standard of Weert in 1938] by Mark Sensen, 31 August 1997

During the jubilees of Queen Wilhelmina in 1938, when she was reigning 40 years, each municipality had a standard, witch had the following pattern: a square flag with the colours of the provincial arms (except Friesland and Noord-Brabant), in the canton (one quarter of the flag) the arms of the municipality.
In Weert a standard was used with the colours of Limburg, and in the canton on white a blue chevron.
Mark Sensen, 31 August 1997

I recently discovered in the municipal archives that Weert didn't use the general pattern, but had a light colour over a dark colour (white over blue I assume) with in the upper hoist the crowned municipal arms (back then: argent, a chevron azure) and a scoll with the name "WEERT". It seems this flag is in the depots of the municipal museum, but I haven't seen it yet.
So <nl-wrt38.gif> is erroneous.
Mark Sensen, 30 Aug 2003

Weert Carnival flag

[Carnavalsvlag] by Mark Sensen, 21 Feb 2006

This is the carnival flag of Weert, in use since 2000. In the center of the Limburgian carnival colours red-yellow-green the logo of the local carnival association Rogstaekers: a stylised ray and the name "Rogstaekers" and the name of Weert in the local dialect: "Wieërt".
(Website of the association: ).
Note that this flag is not rectangular, but the top is slanted 45 degrees. This way the flag is better visable when flown from a staff mounted to the outside wall of a house.
"Rogstekers" is "ray-stingers" - once upon a time a fish fell from a cart. Some citizens observed a hideous monster, which they presumed came straight from Hell. So they alarmed the priest, who had the churchbells rung. A mightly crowd gathered, and at long last someone dared sting the monster with a blunt knife. Thereupon, when the monster didn't strike back, all onlookers started stinging the poor ray, until little was left and all were sure that the monster was dead. Since that time the Weerters are known as "rogstekers", and the carnival society took that name as well.
That legend is presented on that site in Limburgian dialect, with nice illuminations.
Mark Sensen, 21 Feb 2006