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Bleskensgraaf en Hofwegen (The Netherlands)
Graafstroom municipality, Zuid-Holland province
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by Jarig Bakker, 23 Nov 2003
Adopted 22 Dec 1976
Bleskensgraaf en Hofwegen former municipality
Bleskensgraaf en Hofwegen is a former municipality, since 1986 part of
the municipality of Graafstroom. In 1968 it had 1350 inhabitants along
the mighty Alblas river in the Alblasserwaard. From Bleskensgraaf the Alblas
has been canalized to become the "Graafstroom", after which Bleskensgraaf
Flag: three horizontal stripes yellow - blue - yellow with a red hoist-triangle
reaching into flagcenter, charged with a yellow
The lion in red is derived from that part of the municipal arms representing
Bleskensgraaf, while the yellow-blue can be assumed as symbolizing the
lordship of Hofwegen (Hofwegen was a separate municipality, until it merged
in 1855 with Bleskensgraaf); The blue stripe equally represents the Alblas-river.
Flagdesigns with five colors, lilies and triangles were refused, after
which the High Council of Nobility was consulted and three nearly equal
designs were made. The ultimate choice was between combinations of VBV,
YBY, and BYB - YBY won!
Adopted 22 Dec 1976 by municipal resolution.
Source: Vexilla Nostra No. 95, 1978.
Jarig Bakker, 23 Nov 2003
Bleskensgraaf en Hofwegen coat of arms
International Civic Arms : http://www.ngw.nl/
Granted 12 Jul 1954