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

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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.


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


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

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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


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

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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


and the “Fen Tigers” Goalball team


who also sport an orange and black team kit


and use black and orange “tiger” stripes

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as a decorative feature in their online presence.

Two tigers are supporters in the badge of Wisbech Rugby Union Football Club

and the Tiger theme is also 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

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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.

It is seen below

adorning a vessel on the River Thames and following,

at various spots across the region

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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.


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


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


which of course also appeared on the packaging.


It was also added to the labels of Waterland Organics apple juice bottles


The flag received the support of a local council at an April 29th, 2021 meeting of East Cambridgeshire District Council, which agreed a motion to recognise the Fenland flag and “support the ambition” of its registration, proposed by council leader Anna Bailey and seconded by councillor Julia Huffer. Anna Bailey stated that the flag would be occasionally flown from the council’s flagpole, on “High Days” and “Holidays”, to promote its wider use. And added that endorsement of the Fenland flag would create a strong sense of identity for local people.

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


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