Flag of Greater Manchester

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Greater Manchester
Unofficial County Flag of Greater Manchester.svg
Proportion3:5
Adopted1974
DesignGules, ten Towers three two three two, all within a Bordure embattled Or

The Flag of Greater Manchester is the flag of the metropolitan county[1] of Greater Manchester in England.[2]

History[change | change source]

The flag was adopted by Greater Manchester County Council in 1974, and derives from the shield and crest design on the coat of arms of Greater Manchester; the design itself is used by a number of organisations that represent the Greater Manchester area, such as the former Greater Manchester County Council, the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, and the Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force, all of which use ten golden towers on a red background to represent the ten metropolitan boroughs.

Description[change | change source]

The flag is composed of ten golden castles (arranged in rows of 3–2–3–2) 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.

Usage[change | change source]

County flag flying at Manchester Piccadilly railway station

The flag currently flies in front of the National Rail offices at Manchester Piccadilly railway station, and in front of Rochdale Town Hall.

References[change | change source]

  1. "UK counties and unitary administrations as at 2009" (pdf). Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
  2. "Greater Manchester". County Flags. Flying Colours Flagmakers. Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-08-12.

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