Berwick-upon-Tweed (Borough Council)

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Additions : 1974 Belford, Berwick-Upon-Tweed (Borough), Glendale, Norham & Islandshires
Incorporated into : 2009 Northumberland

Arms (crest) of Berwick-upon-Tweed (Borough Council)

Official blazon


The arms were granted on October 5, 1977.

The background to the shield has been divided into four divisions thus symbolising the four authorities out of which the Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough was formed. Similarly, because of the special position of the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed as the administrative centre the "Bear and Tree" device of the former borough has been retained, perpetuating the heraldic pun on the name "Berwick". The crest consists of a mural coronet, symbolic of Municipal Government out of which emerges a fish (salmon) in allusion to the fishing industry of the area.

The dexter supporter, that is to say the stag supporting the torch is a symbol of St. Aidan who founded the Monastery at Lindisfarne. The stag rests a hoof upon a gold garb in allusion to the important agricultural activities of the area. The sinister supporter is a horse supporting a hoe also as an allusion to the agriculture of the area. The horse supports with its inner hoof a cog wheel in reference to the light industries of the area.

The English translation of the Latin motto is "May Berwick-upon-Tweed Flourish".


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