A flag has been proposed for the region of Fenland,
centred in Cambridgeshire but also covering adjacent territory in Lincolnshire and much smaller areas of Norfolk and Suffolk. The work of Cambridgeshire resident James Bowman, the design is intended to be used alongside the county flags, much as the Riding flags fly alongside the county flag of Yorkshire.
The design features a tiger to reflect a local tradition. The term “Fen Tigers” was first used of the local inhabitants by Dutch engineers who arrived to assist with the drainage of the Fens, resulting in considerable land reclamation. The locals
apparently exhibited some hostility to the incomers and were given the term “tigers” as a result. The concept was sufficiently recognised in the twentieth century for tigers to be included as supporters in the arms
A tiger is used as the logo or badge of numerous sports teams across the region, including Mildenhall Fen Tigers speedway team
which has used various realisations
Naturally, Ely Tigers rugby team, seen here
in the club’s tiger themed kit of orange and black stripes, also has a tiger for its badge
Other local teams with a tiger badge are;
the “Fen Tigers”, junior darts team from Cambridgeshire
the Korfball team from Cambridge
and the “Fen Tigers” Goalball team
who also sport an orange and black team kit
and use black and orange “tiger” stripes
as a decorative feature in their online presence.
The Tiger theme is present in the name and insignia of two football teams
located in Chatteris, right in heart of the Fenland region and a tiger is the company logo
of the Fen Tigers Furniture firm, from the locality.
James’s design, seen here
flying in a boatyard in Ely, maintains the theme. Blue stands for the man made and natural waterways of the region, and yellow for agricultural prosperity.
is promoted here.
In November 2018 James received a letter of support from John Ablewhite, the regional police commissioner
and subsequently, another from Lucy Frazer, MP for South East Cambridgeshire,
who also wrote to the Flag Institute expressing her support for the proposal.
ITV Anglia’s report on the flag can be viewed at our video page