On Friday 6th February 2015 Appleby’s new town flag was raised for the first time.
The flag with its background of royal blue and striking design of a stylised apple tree was designed by Philip Tibbetts, a vexillologist from the Flag Institute who lives in Langwathby. The design was registered with the Flags Institute in October 2014. The design is available for anyone to use and it is hoped that organisations and business will use the design to identify with and promote the town.
The background colour was taken from the Appleby-in-Westmorland coat-of-arms and the apple tree is from the flag of Westmorland which was originally on the 13th century seal of Appleby.
Mr Tibbetts said “It is an honour to have supported the registration of a new flag for Appleby. I must commend the Town Council for being so receptive on the procedural and graphical aspects of the flag design. The result makes for an impressively elegant and fitting flag “.
Councillor, Andy Connell, said, “Appleby is a historic town but history is not all about the past; we are making history with the introduction of the new flag which is a welcome addition to Appleby’s proud and colourful heritage.”
Smaller versions of the new town flag and other items using the design can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre in the Moot Hall.
Many Councils possess flags bearing the coat of arms or other civic device. It is suggested that the local authority's flag should be flown on the day of a meeting of the Council, Mayor's or Chairman's Sunday, whenever the Mayor or Chairman holds an official reception and on other occasions according to local custom.
The local authority's flag should also be flown at half mast on the death of the Mayor or Chairman, the High Steward and a Freeman, from the day of the death until sunset on the day of the funeral. It also may be flown at half mast on the death of a serving member of the Council, the Honorary Recorder or an ex-Mayor or Chairman, on the day of the funeral until sunset.
In 2006 the then Mayor, Cllr Stan Rooke, and former Mayor Cllr Lancelot Thwaytes (now deceased) created the design for the Town Council Flag. It was taken from the shield at the centre of the current Coat of Arms i.e a royal blue background with three lions guardant passant, holden golden apples, surrounded by apple tree leaves. The design was converted by three members of the then Appleby Embroiderers Guild, into an embroidered hanging which can be seen in the Council Chamber.
The design was then turned into a roped and toggled flag for flying from the flagpole on the Moot Hall. It is the legal banner and house flag of the Town Council and, as such, can only be flown by Appleby-in-Westmorland Town Council. The flag was first flown in June 2008 and is normally flown on the day of full Council meetings.
The design is based on the shield from the Coat of Arms of the former Westmorland County Council. This Coat of Arms was by the College of Arms in 1926 and used by the council until its demise in 1974.
Historically Westmorland was comprised of two baronies:
To view the details of the event commemorated when the Westmorland County Flag is flown, click here: Westmorland Flag Flying Days
To view a list of the flag flying days in 2016, click here:
Councillor Stan Rooke, is the keeper of the Council’s various flags and is responsible for raising and lowering of the flags throughout the year, he has agreed to liaise with anyone who wishes to purchase a full-size town flag. His contact details are; telephone 017683 52864 or email email@example.com.