Last modified: 2005-10-22 by rob raeside
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The flag shows a red dragon. It is being used a lot in the county of
Somerset (southwestern England). It is popular with trade fairs, local parishes
& cricket clubs. It has a long heritage as it is represented on the coat of
arms and flown in most council buildings.
Col Barscushy, 20 May 2003
by James Frankcom
Wessex keeps popping up. Apparently, in Somerset and Wiltshire at least, the
symbol is a "dragon" and not a "wyvern". A wyvern would make more sense because
the red dragon is very definitely the symbol of Wales. The arms of Somerset I
include and the motto "Sumorsaete Ealle" means "All the people of Somerset" and
is a quote from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 870 when Somerset was first
mentioned historically. The arms were granted in 1911 and to make the arms
distinctive the "dragon" supports a civil mace to show that it is the arms of a
local council and not that of Wessex.
James Frankcom, 13 October 2003
The creature is a dragon both in the flag and the coat of arms. A Griffin has
an eagle's head, whilst a wyvern only has two legs and a fish's tail.
Adam Thomas, 29 September 2005