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Loon op Zand (The Netherlands)

Noord-Brabant province

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Loon op Zand municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 6 Jun 1968.

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Loon op Zand Municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 23.061; area: 53,00 km². Settlements: Kaatsheuvel (seat), De Moer, Loon op Zand.
Flag: 14 stripes of white - black - white - black - white - black - white - yellow - red - yellow - red - yellow - red - yellow -
proportioned 2:1:1:1:1:1:2:2:1:1:1:1:1:2.
Adopted 6 Jun 1968 by municipal resolution.
The flag is a striped "translation" of the municipal arms.

Apart from the shoe-industry Loon op Zand has a great attraction in "Sprookjespark De Efteling" in Kaatsheuvel, a fairytale resort, most of which was designed by Anton Pieck c. 1950.

"Theebuiken" - teabellies, who like tea too much
"Zwävelsoppers" - sulphurdippers: there were many travelling salesmen dealing with sulphur-sticks (predecessors of matches), which had to be dipped in sulphur.
"Pekkellikkers" - pekkel is a synonym of "jenever" - gin: they liked a glas of gin (or two).

Loon op Zand
Licht volk, licht land
Ze schooien de kost
En ze stelen de brand

Loon op Zand
light people, light land,
They beg for food
and they stel the fire (=fuel)

"Zwevelmarsen" - the "Kètsers" sold the sulphursticks, which were dipped in Loon.
"Boenderbinders" - scrubber-binders, made from the heather in the neighbourhood.
Jarig Bakker, 28 May 2005

Loon op Zand old flag (c.1935)

Loon op Zand old flag] by Jarig Bakker, 28 May 2005
used c.1935

According to "Wie, Wat, Waar? 1940", an annual published by the Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad in Nov. 1939, the flag of Loon op Zand was: square chequy of red and white; in the canton the municipal arms.
This is a parading flag, used in 1935 at the 750th birthday of 's-Hertogenbosch.
Jarig Bakker, 28 May 2005

Loon op Zand Coat of Arms

Loon op Zand Coat of Arms by Jarig Bakker, 28 May 2005
Granted 16 Apr 1914.

Arms: or three horns gules garnished argent (Horne) and a chief argent three shoemakers' hammers noir in bend.
The shoemakers' hammers refer to the most popular pastime in the municipality, while the horns refer to the Horne family.