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Guildford (England)


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According to Get Surrey, a new flag has been hoisted for Guildford:

A new flag for Guildford has been revealed in recognition of the area's history. The flag features the castle on a black background with a gold border and will be displayed at civic events. It has already been raised on the council offices' flag pole.

Councillor Matt Furniss suggested the introduction of a new flag in July last year, following the announcement that the town would host the national celebrations for this summer's Armed Forces Day. Cllr Furniss said: "Having a flag is all about local pride and a nice piece of history on show for everyone. We searched for our old flag but presumed it must be lost so from there went through Guildford's history about what should appear on the new flag."

Graphic designer Graham Foster put his usual work for the planning department on hold and took to his computer software to create a modern looking flag with characteristics of the area's history. Mr Foster was aided by historian, and the council's honorary remembrancer, Matthew Alexander, who used historical items and landmarks, as well as images on previously used flags, to create the new version.

Mr Alexander said: "In my mind this is a very successful way in continuing Guildford's ancient tradition into the present day. The main shot of the design is the castle and it has got the royal coat of arms on it to emphasise that it is the only royal castle in Surrey. It is flanked by two wool packs to remind people of Guildford that it was originally the wool trade which made the town prosperous. The wavy blue and white lines underneath are the ford then there are two gold roses on the castle and we presume that is a Tudor rose which was used to mark the town allegiance when the Tudors took to the throne."

The golden lion and key featured on the town's coat of arms from 1488, and the Cornish chuff appears at the bottom of the flag is in recognition of the Onslow family who held sway over many centuries at Clandon Park.
Rob Raeside, March 2015