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image by Eugene Ipavec, 28 February 2009
Berwick is a town in Kings County, Nova Scotia, Canada, with more than 2000
Valentin Poposki, 1 February 2009
The flag of Berwick is in proportions 1:2, vertically divided blue- white-blue (1:2:1) with the town's coat of arms in the middle.
The coat of arms of Berwick is presented on the municipal website as follows:
The shield is divided into four sections. The ear of barley in the base refers to the Saxon origin of the name, from Bere-wick, a storehouse for barley. The chevron represents the roof of the storehouse. The blue and white wavy bands symbolize the Annapolis and Cornwallis Rivers. The zigzag lines represent locally produced electricity. The Jack, in use from 1606 to 1801 A.D., commemorates the early settlers of United Empire Loyalist stock.
The crown above the shield depicts maple leaves for Canada and trailing arbutus (mayflowers) for Nova Scotia. The bear is taken from the arms of the Town's namesake in England.
The smithy is a traditional figure used in heraldry to depict industry. Similarly, Ceres, goddess of the harvest, is the figure used for agriculture.
By Industry and Integrity is the motto which roots the Town of Berwick to its past, but also guides our present and drives our future.
Ivan Sache, 28 February 2009