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Dongeradeel municipality, Fryslân province
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adopted 29 July 1954
Dokkum city, seat of Dongeradeel
Dokkum is an old city (some say dating from c. 300 AD) in northeast Friesland,
one of the 11 Frisian cities. In 1984 the city merged with Oost- and West-dongeradeel
to form the municipality of Dongeradeel, and became the municipality seat.
This flag was adopted 29 January 1948, but was already documented in
the flagbook of Hesman of 1708. Sierksma (Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962)
states that the color red doesn't appear on the CoA of Dokkum; On the Waterlooplein
in Amsterdam I saw some weeks ago a map of Dokkum with the Blue on the
CoA replaced by the Red color.
Jarig Bakker, 1 October 1999
Dokkum : The city flag, established 29-1-1948, consists of: "Four stripes
The Coat of Arms is: Blue, three six-pointed stars gold, placed 1 :
2, from above accompanied by a turned Wassenaar silver. On top of the shield
a golden crown.
Under Dokkum the crescent is described as a turned lying crescent.
Under Municipal arms a picture shows the horns of the crescent to reach
all the way around the top stat to just outside the tops of the other stars.
However, nothing indicates where the colour red stems from. All I can think
of is that the crown may customary be depicted lined red, like the crown
on the shield on the eagle on the Bolsward flag.
Franc van Diest, 10 October 2000)
by Ivan Sache, 22 October 2000
Description: a square blue hoist charged with a turned white crescent,
with the horns pointing towards the fly; two horizontal stripes of blue
Source: "Wapens en Vlaggen van stad en dorpen in de gemeente Dongeradeel,
Dokkum: expensive hand-embroidered banner according to the municipal arms;
the fly enriched with four swallowtails, ending in tassels, following the
colors of the municipal flag; the flagpole with as finial a handmade copper
shrimp (the nickname of Dokkumers is "Granaet" = "garnaal",
shrimp). Offered to the municipality by the Dokkumer Vlaggen Centrale at
the occasion of a new factory.
<Once upon a time a huge shrimp was caught in the vicinity of Dokkum.
The municipal council decided to chain it under De Zijl in the center of
Dokkum, so that the Prince-stadhouder could admire it should he wish to
visit the city. The next day the granaet had gone, but the chain was still
Source: Vexilla Nostra nr. 6 (1968).
Jarig Bakker, 8 Sep 2003
Civic Arms : http://www.ngw.nl/