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Venlo (The Netherlands)

Limburg province

Last modified: 2006-02-25 by jarig bakker
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Venlo municipality Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm
 
 

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Municipal flag

The new municipality of Venlo is a merger of the former municipalities of Venlo, Tegelen and Belfeld (1 Jan 2001), the flag is the same as the former municipality of Venlo and is provisional.
Franc Van Diest,  24 February 2001

Belfeld [former municipality]

Belfeld former municipality Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.shipmate.nl/flags.htm

Belfeld lies between Venlo and Roermond, just north of Beesel. Here is a big complex of locks in the Maas-river.
The flag has a bell, so is canting.
Jarig Bakker, 22 November 1999

The oldest written reference to Belfeld is dated 1326 in a document where one Gerhard Vosken and his wife from Swalmen were forced to build and live there at the Maas river, and to have his processions available for the use of the count of Gelre. In 1906 the municipal council applied for a CoA, but it was refused because it looked to much like the CoA of the province of Gelderland. 21 years later in 1927 they applied again and this time it was approved. The CoA depicted a shield with on it two lions, upheld by the patron saint (Pope Urbanus I). In the middle of the shield was a smaller hart shield on which was the CoA of Ambt Montfort (of which Belfeld was part). The main shield was similar to the shield of Gelre, where Belfeld belonged to since 1277. On the 22 April 1982 the official Belfeld flag was adopted, and was described as a vertical tricolour respectively in blue, yellow and black, and in the canton a white bell. The colours where derived from the CoA.
Source : Gemeente Belfeld Information booklet 2000 - 2001.
Franc Van Diest, 25 February 2001.


Boëte de Paort carnivalflag

[Bote de Paort carnivalflag] by Jarig Bakker, 23 Jan 2006

"Boëte de Paort" (outside the gate) of south Venlo, in Limburg province one can see an orange flag with a green opened gate, see:
( http://www.boetedepaort.nl/jubileum/vlag.html ). The site mentions that one can see it frequently in south Venlo and outside the gate; they are mighty proud of it, and it costs only 15 Euros.
V.V. Boëte de Paort is a carnival-society, or in Limburgian: "Vastelaovesvereiniging".
According to Mark Sensen nearly every community below the Big Rivers has its own carnival-society, most of which have their own flags. Most of those do look like carnival-flags, but there are exceptions like this one.
Thanks to Mr. H. van Heijningen and Stefan Lambrechts for translating from Limburgian. Stefan pointed out that the orange parts in the gatewall are upsidedown "V's" for "VastelaovesVereiniging" (during the carnival the whole world is upsidedown!).
Jarig Bakker, 23 Jan 2006