Berwick-upon-Tweed (Borough Council)

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BERWICK-UPON-TWEED

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

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

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

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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