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Municipality of Aller (Asturias, Spain)

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[Municipality of Aller (Asturias, Spain)]
image by Jose C. Alegria, 03 Jun 2006

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The municipality of Aller (Asturias) has launched a contest for the design of the municipal flag. The deadline is 26 May 2006. Every contestant may propose up to five designs. The first prize is 300 euros. The municipal administration will chose the flag among these proposals.

Source: La Nueva Espana

Ivan Sache, 03 May 2006

Contest rules (PDF) at Eduardo Panizo and myself are on the jury, representing the Spanish Society of Vexillology.

Jose C. Alegria, 03 May 2006

The selection of the municipal flag of Aller has been reported by S. Gutierrez in "La Voz de Asturias." The winning design, selected among 62, proposals, was one of the five presented by Fernando González.

The colours of the new flag are red, green and white, which were already used in the municipal coat of arms. The flag is divided into two parts, the upper red and the lower green, by a thick broken line showing two asymmetrical peaks. The line represents "the mountains of the concejo," according to the designer, who also incorporated in the flag other elements of the coat of arms, the sun and the castle.

The jury was made of representatives of the different groups at the municipal council, the Deputy Mayor in charge of culture, two historians, a chronicler and the President and the Secretary of the Spanish Vexillological Society. The proposers are from different places in the Asturias but also in the Canaries, La Rioja, Basque Country, Castile and Leon and Madrid.

Source: La Voz de Asturias," 1 June 2006

"Editorial Prensa Asturiana" reports also the flag of Aller, with some additional details. The designer of the flag is a member of the Spanish Vexillological Society. The sun is the blazon of "los Solises" whereas the castles represent the old fortifications of the city. The official inauguration of the new municipal flag is expected for next September.

Source: Editorial Prensa Asturiana," 1 June 2006

Ivan Sache, 03 Jun 2006

The contest's winner, Luis Fernando Gonzalez Garcia, is a member of the Vexillological Society of Spain (SEV). The proposals and the authors were presented in different closed envelops, making it an anonimous contest, until a proposal was chosen. Only then, the author's envelope was opened and the name given by the secretary of the jury. Representing SEV were Eduardo Panizo and myself, having a say on the jury as consultants, but not being able to vote. The clors of the winning design are:

    red Pantone 485
 yellow Pantone 116
  green Pantone 354

Jose C. Alegria, 03 Jun 2006

The municipal flag of Aller was officially hoisted on the balcony of the town hall by Mayor Gabriel Pérez Villalta on 13 December 2006. The ceremony was boycotted by the municipal councillors of the opposition party PP, who complained that only two out of the four elements of the coat of arms, representing the four components of the municipality, were represented on the flag. They would have accepted a flag with either the four elements or none.

Source: B. Garcia, La Voz de Asturias, 14 December 2006; also reported by La Nueva España, 14 December 2006

Ivan Sache, 16 Dec 2006