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Manchester de facto flag

[Flag of Greater Manchester] image located by Esteban Rivera, 8 November 2014

The City of Manchester, even though it does not have an official flag approved by The Flag Institute (yet), does have a de facto flag that represents the Greater Manchester country area.

The flag's description is as follows: "The flag is composed of ten golden castles (arranged in rows of 3𣇽2) on a red background, fringed by a golden border in the style of a castle battlement. The blazon is: "Gules, ten Towers three two three two, all within a Bordure embattled Or".

The ten golden castles represent both the urban landscape of Greater Manchester, and its division in to its ten metropolitan districts: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside, Trafford, Salford, Stockport, and Wigan. The red ground represents manpower and the region's red-brick architectural heritage, both legacies of Greater Manchester's industrial past. The embattled border represents the unity and shared future of the region, and its bold, vigilant and forward-looking character. The flag currently flies in front of the National Rail offices at Manchester Piccadilly railway station."

The flag is seen here:
(picture caption reads: "County flag flying at Manchester Piccadilly railway station")

For additional information go to:
Greater Manchester (official website) as the AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities) and the GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority):
Manchester (official website): 
Esteban Rivera, 8 November 2014

Greater Manchester Police

[Flag of Greater Manchester Police] image by Herman Felani, 24 January 2009

Greater Manchester Police, a plain blue field with the police badge at the centre. The police badge featuring the widely used emergency services star, the royal cypher, the St Edward's crown, as well as the name of the service. The flag is flown at Chester House, the Greater Manchester Police headquarters.
Herman Felani, 24 January 2009

This flag is not only flown at Chester House, but is also carried by the Mounted Troop on ceremonial occasions. Furthermore, it is also displayed inside at least one police station in the Greater Manchester area, at Salford. Kath and I saw this in Salford Quays about ten years ago.
Ron Lahav, 25 January 2009

Manchester Airports Group

[Flag of Manchester Airports Group] image by Ant髇io Martins-Tuv醠kin, 13 October 2007

The Manchester Airports Group is a white flag with a large image of blue-coloured logo as shown at Above the entity抯 name are placed, at left, a globe with nine arrow-like figures encircling it and almost coming together at the North Pole; at right, large initials 慚AG, a growing wedge of white sweeping away part of them.

Quote from relevant website:
揟he Manchester Airports Group plc (MAG) is the largest UK-owned airport group and is made up of four airports - Manchester, East Midlands, Humberside and Bournemouth and currently handles more than 28 million passengers every year. The group also runs businesses in property development and management, baggage handling, car parking, airport security, fire-fighting, engineering, advertising and motor transport services. Manchester Airports Group plays a vital role in the success of UK aviation generating around 3.2 billion for the UK economy and supporting more than 130,000 jobs across the four airports. () Manchester Airports Group is wholly owned by the 10 local authorities of Greater Manchester and is proud to be publicly owned and privately managed.

Jan Mertens, 11 October 2007