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Dinard (Municipality, Ille-et-Vilaine, France)

Last modified: 2006-03-04 by ivan sache
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[Flag of Dinard]

Municipal flag of Dinard - Image by Pascal Vagnat, 3 August 1998

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Presentation of Dinard

Dinard (10,988 inhabitants) is a famous seaside resort located opposite Saint-Malo, across the river Rance.

Ivan Sache, 11 February 2006

Municipal flag of Dinard

In 1997, the Municipal Council of Dinard decided to adopt a new flag and commissioned the Breton Vexillological Society to submit proposals. The only requirement was an explicit reference to King Arthur, the mythic founder of the city. The final version of the flag was sketched by Philippe Rault and designed by the professional art designer Jakez Derouét. It was presented to the public on 25 May 1998.

The flag has ten horizontal, alternating blue and white stripes. Along the hoist is placed a wide vertical yellow stripe, charged with a standing black bear (in Berlin style). The bear is surmonted by an antique yellow crown.
Blue and white were adopted as the colors of the city in 1989. They refer to the alleged arms of King Arthur (D'azur à trois couronnes d'or; Azure, three crowns or). The horizontal stripes represent the sea and the famous beach tents of Dinard, which are blue and white striped. The number of stripes is meaningless.
Yellow represents the thin sand of the beaches.

The bear is the symbolic representation of King Arthur. King Arthur landed near what is now Dinard in spring 513 to help the Breton King Hoël to repel the Frisian invaders. He built there a fort named Dinarthu, the Bear's fort. In Breton, arth (ancient Breton) or arz (modern Breton) means "bear" and represents the miltary power of royal essence. Dinarthu became Dinarth and later Dinarz, translated to French as "Dinart", and finally and erroneously changed to "Dinard" when the place became popular at the end of the XIXth century.


  • P. Rault. L'histoire des drapeaux bretons, 1998 [rau98]
  • P. Rault, two papers in Ar Banniel [arb], #6, July 1998, giving more details about the creation of the new flag, rejected proposals (especially the first submissions including green color, rejected by the Mayor who said: "Anyway, I don't like green!"), and evolution of the bear design (finally castrated according to the Mayor's recommendation).

Ivan Sache, 3 August 1998

Former flag of Dinard

[Former flag of Dinard]

Former flag of Dinard - Image by Ivan Sache, 3 August 1998

The flag used in Dinard until 1998 is a banner of the municipal arms, based on the arms of the Priory of Dinard (founded 1324), De sinople à la croix d'hermine, Vert, a cross ermine. A red vertical stripe is added to each quarter and the ermine spots are bicolor (black and white), a unique and unexplained case in Brittany. The flag is heraldically incorrect (colour on colour in the quarters) and suffers from low visibility. It was often replaced with a simpler vertically divided green-red flag.

Source: P. Rault. L'histoire des drapeaux bretons, 1998 [rau98]

Ivan Sache, 3 August 1998

Cercle celtique de Dinard

[Cercle celtique de Dinard]

Flag of Cercle Celtique de Dinard - Image by Ivan Sache, 3 August 1998

The Cercle Celtique de Dinard (Dinard Celtic Circle) uses a green flag with a white cross charged with 11 black ermine spots.

Source: P. Rault. L'histoire des drapeaux bretons, 1998 [rau98]

Ivan Sache, 3 August 1998

Yacht Club de Dinard

[YC Dinard]         [YC Dinard]

Flag (left, image by Arnaud Leroy) and burgee (right, image by Ivan Sache) of Yacht Club de Dinard - 25 December 2004

Yacht-Club de Dinard (YCD) was registered on 5 September 1928.
The flag of YCD is white with two blue rectangle triangles placed near the hoist and a red star placed in the white part.
The burgee of YCD is a triangular version of the flag of the yacht club.

Source: YCD website

Ivan Sache, 25 December 2004