A Flag For Fenland

A flag has been proposed for the region of Fenland, centred in Cambridgeshire but also covering adjacent territory in Lincolnshire and much smaller areas of Norfolk and Suffolk. The work of Cambridgeshire resident James Bowman, the design is intended to be used alongside the county flags, much as the riding flags fly alongside the county flag of Yorkshire.
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 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 awarded 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

of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers speedway team and the badge

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of Ely Tigers rugby team, seen here


in the club’s tiger themed kit, of orange and black stripes

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.

The flag is promoted here.

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