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I work next to the council offices in Newport and I see this most days. I
call it a flag rather than a banner because it has only elements of the arms of
the Isle of Wight. I downloaded the arms from
http://www.ngw.nl/int/gbr/i/iwight.htm then copied the elements from the
centre of the arms and arranged them on a flag of a darker blue.
John Graney, 30 November, 2003
Under the reorganisation of English regional government in 1974, the Isle of Wight was separated from Hampshire. Since 1996 it has been a unitary authority, combining the powers of a county and district council.
On another page, a small FAQ about Wight, (http://www.isleofwight.freeuk.com/),
"Is there an Isle of Wight flag or crest?
- Mmmm... yes and no! The Isle of Wight Council has a crest and the central shield of this, the castle and three anchors, is used as a flag for the Council. Whether this counts as an official flag is open to debate..."
According to this, the County Council is using a banner of is arms. These can be found at: http://www.ngw.nl/int/gbr/i/iwight.htm
Pascal Vagnat, 17 April 2003
At the International Island Games in July 2003, the Isle of Wight competed as
one of the teams at the games, and used the English flag as their national flag
(unlike places like Guernsey, the Orkneys, Gotland and Froya) - so presumably
there is no official Island flag.
James Dignan, 2 July 2003
In article about the flags of the Isles of Scilly,
reported the flag of Isle of Wight is a yellow cross on black, essentially the
flag of Dewi Sant (Saint David) of Wales
W. Madsen, 24 June 2002
This flag is doubtful. I found on the web, this other page:
http://members.lycos.co.uk/damonmlord/wessisc/flag.html, where it is said
that "the flag of the "Wessic" people is a black banner with a yellow cross. The
flag of Wight is the flag of "Saint Geowan", who is the patron saint of Wight."
If you read carefully it is said also: "Note: This is a work of fiction, a
background for my fictional language Wessisc. For real information on tourism on
the Isle of Wight, a site we may suggest is
Isle of Wight council is deciding whether or not it will sign up to become
one of the organisations flying the new “Island-brand” flag. The full story and
the flag are here
Valentin Poposki, 5 December 2005
I would note that the word 'logo' is used to describe this flag, and I think
that this would be a fairer description; I think that this is a case where the
word 'flag' has been used indiscriminately and incorrectly. If there actually is
a flag with this emblem and/or wording on it, then I would be prepared to
consider it as a proper flag, but not before then.
Ron Lahav, 5 December 2005
I agree that it's not clear whether this branding logo also exists as a flag
- if it does, then presumably it will be a LoB. However, there isn't the
slightest question of it being - or becoming - the Isle of Wight flag. It's a
logo (and possibly a flag) which has been designed to raise the profile of the
IoW. The story is about the IoW Council deciding to sign up to join the
campaign, and - if it does - to use the logo and any flag associated with it.
That wouldn't make it the IoW flag, anymore than the London Olympic flag is 'the
flag of London' - it's just a piece of marketing which the Council has joined in
André Coutanche, 5 December 2005
Olivier Touzeau, 7 November 2001
Cowes is an important yachting harbor, at the mouth of a mighty river with the typical English name of Medina.
Jarig Bakker, 14 January 2002
by Ivan Sache, tower from the GASO website
A red triangular flag with a yellow tower with black door, masonry etc. was
seen on a boat moored in the Old Basin of Honfleur (Normandy). Jarig Bakker
identified the flag as the burgee of the Island Sailing Club of Cowles, Isle of
Ivan Sache, 27 December 2004