Fenland


The Fenland flag was created by regional resident and vexillographer, James Bowman

0_WG_CAMB_60044_003JPG (1)

it complements existing county flags used in the locality, much as the
Riding flags fly alongside the county flag of Yorkshire. The region of Fenland

is centred in Cambridgeshire

but also covers adjacent territory in Lincolnshire, Huntingdonshire, Northamptonshire, and areas of Norfolk and Suffolk.

ELbFr0tXYAQrkqn.png

Whilst to date, the flag has not been included by the Flag Institute on its registry, the de facto circumstances regarding its commercial availability, usage and recognition, evident in the photographs included in the following account and indeed its support by a regional official and a politician, justify its inclusion in this listing of British regional flags.

The design

53865644_2735606506480093_4592129133953155072_o

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

middle level drain workers march cambs

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

downloadawarded to the Fenland District Council in the 1970s. Moreover, the term has been applied to many clubs and associations, as well as the former Cambridgeshire regiment.

A tiger is used as the logo or badge of numerous sports teams across the region. It is seen here

the Fen Tiger on the badge of the president of the March and District Bowling Association

on the badge of the president of the March and District Bowling Association and has been extensively used by Mildenhall Fen Tigers speedway team

in various realisations

stream_imgNaturally, Ely Tigers rugby team, seen here

ely-tigers-2

in the club’s tiger themed kit of orange and black stripes, also has a tiger for its badge

Ely Tigers.png

Other local teams with a tiger badge are;

the “Fen Tigers”, junior darts team from Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Youth darts team

the Korfball team from Cambridge

Korf

and the “Fen Tigers” Goalball team

lMAKhFyL

who also sport an orange and black team kit

Goalball

and use black and orange “tiger” stripes

Goal stripes.png

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 the heart of the Fenland region and a tiger is the company logo

2aabf10a6df70b82f0198bfb63bd869a1f2fac5b (1)

of the Fen Tigers Furniture firm, from the locality.

James’s design, seen here

P1040656.jpg

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.

It is seen below

adorning a vessel on the River Thames and following,

at various spots across the region

The flagFenland..gif

is promoted here.

In November 2018 James received a letter of support from John Ablewhite, the regional police commissioner

letter

and subsequently, another from Lucy Frazer, MP for South East Cambridgeshire,

45221900_2470612966312783_1577977615979905024_n

who also wrote  to the Flag Institute expressing her support for the proposal.

45338134_2470612572979489_5065682302340694016_n

And in June 2020, solidifying the flag’s status as the regional emblem, Fenland on Film, formed to collate vintage film shot in the Fens, designed a company logo based upon it

103901071_4162375310469865_3237355037497336218_n

This move was swiftly followed by a local food producer who named a new product for the flag

105599371_3015261285227006_1372036000171294397_n

which of course also appeared on the packaging.

105583083_314342906262438_4026233392892110758_n

The flag has also been produced in pennant or burgee form

for a local boating organisation, as seen here

and appears on various items

including this fine cycling jersey

Chaz Chazzington wears his new cycling jersey.

sported by one of the flag’s most ardent supporters, Chaz Chazzington.

ITV Anglia’s report on the flag can be viewed at our video page 

The flag can be purchased from here, here and here.

Useful Links 

Fenland Flag Facebook page

Fenland

This entry was posted in Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk. Bookmark the permalink.