Greater Manchester Metropolitan County Council
Unofficial County Flag of Greater Manchester.svg
Proportion3:5
Adopted1974
Relinquished1986
DesignGules, ten Towers three two three two, all within a Bordure embattled Or

The flag of the Greater Manchester Metropolitan County Council[1] was a symbol of the former Greater Manchester County Council which administered Greater Manchester in England between 1974 and 1986.[2] It has not been registered with the Flag Institute, which will not register flags for counties other than for historic counties.[3]

History

Logo of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority

The flag was adopted by Greater Manchester County Council in 1974, and derives from the shield and crest design on the coat of arms of Greater Manchester; the design itself is used by a number of organisations that represent the Greater Manchester area, such as the former Greater Manchester County Council, the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, and the Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force.

The current Greater Manchester Combined Authority does not use the symbols of the former Greater Manchester Council, instead using a wordmark consisting of its initials and full title.[4][5][6]

Description

The flag is composed of ten golden castles (arranged in rows of 3–2–3–2) on a red background, fringed by a golden border in the style of a castle battlement. The blazon is: "Gules, ten Towers three two three two, all within a Bordure embattled Or".

The ten golden castles represent both the urban landscape of Greater Manchester, and its division in to its ten metropolitan districts: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside, Trafford, Salford, Stockport, and Wigan. The red ground represents manpower and the region's red-brick architectural heritage, both legacies of Greater Manchester's industrial past. The embattled border represents the unity and shared future of the region, and its bold, vigilant and forward-looking character.

Usage

GMMCC flag flying at Manchester Piccadilly railway station
GMMCC flag flying at Manchester Piccadilly railway station

The flag has been reported to have been flown in front of the National Rail offices at Manchester Piccadilly railway station and in front of Rochdale Town Hall.

References

  1. ^ "UK counties and unitary administrations as at 2009" (pdf). Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Greater Manchester". County Flags. Flying Colours Flagmakers. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Criteria for inclusion in the Flag Registry". The Flag Institute. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. In the case of county flags, the flag must normally apply to a historical county rather than a modern administrative area
  4. ^ "Place North West | GMCA rebrands to sell devolution". Place North West. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  5. ^ inlogov (12 August 2017). "Combined Authority logos – do they do it for you?". INLOGOV Blog. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Greater Manchester (England)". www.crwflags.com. Retrieved 2 August 2021.

See also