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Grou (The Netherlands)

Boarnsterhim municipality, Fryslân province

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Grou village

Grouw's official Frisian name is Grou, a "vlek" in Boarnsterhim municipality, Fryslân. It used to be the seat of the former municipality of Idaarderadeel. Grou is the center of watersports south of Leeuwarden, with a railway station on the line Leeuwarden - Heerenveen. In the 19th century the brothers Eeltsje and Joast Halbertsma lived here, poets, who are considered as the fathers of the Frisian cultural revival.
While the rest of the Netherlands celebrate "Sinterklaas" on 5 Dec, Grou (together with Ameland) celebrates Sint Pieter on 22 Feb - it involves kids getting present, etc.
Village nickname: "Tsiisferdûnsers", cheese-dancers (some youngsters had a great time, but the fiddler would only continue for more money than they got. One of the youngsters ran to his dad's warehouse, took a big cheese, and the fiddler accepted that graciously.
Grou: Coat of Arms: in blue two golden fishes (the top one turned); on the shield a crown of three leaves and two pearls and in the bandlet three lozengy red and two oval green gems (vlekke-kroon).
Flag: two vertical stripes of blue and yellow, proportioned 2:1; on the
blue stripe two fishes on top of each other; the top one faces the fly.
Info: see Genealogysk Jierboekje 1983, pp. 124 and 125.
Jarig Bakker, 20 Aug 2003

Grou Coat of Arms

[Grou Coat of Arms] from Genealogysk Jierboekje 1986.

Zeilvereniging "Lyts Frysia"

[Zeilvereniging Lyts Frysia] by Jarig Bakker, 9 Aug 2003

The Yearbook of the "Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad" - Wie, Wat, Waar 1941 has two pages with burgees. The Zeilvereniging (sailing club) "Lyts Frysia", in Grouw (Fryslân) had a flag blue over white.
Jarig Bakker, 9 Aug 2003