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CARLUKE (Community council)
Area council: South Lanarkshire
Per chevron Argent and bendy Vert and Argent, on a saltire Azure cantoned between in chief a strawberry flower Proper fimbriated Gules, in base a garb Or, in dexter flank a miner's lamp Sable enflamed Proper, and in sinister flank a shuttle paleways Sable garnished with thread Gules, an open book Argent, binding and fore-edges Gules.
Above the Shield is placed a Coronet appropriate to a statutory Community Council, videlicet:- a circlet richly chased from which are issuant four thistle leaves (one and two halves visible) and four pine cones (two visible) Or.
The arms were granted on November 17, 1986.
The council is based in the Lanarkshire town of Carluke. Its arms are a heraldic interpretation of a device which appears in a stained-glass window in Carluke District Hall, and had become known locally as "the Parish Council crest".
The shield has as its main feature a blue saltire (for Scotland) and on it rests an open Bible. The strawberry flower represents the fruit-growing and preserve-making industries of the town, the miner's lamp and the shuttle its former close connections with coal-mining and weaving, and the golden garb on its silver and green field the agricultural interests of the area.
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