Flag of Shropshire
The flag is a banner of the arms of the former Shropshire (or Salop) County Council which were awarded in 1895. The jaguars' faces, fondly referred to as "loggerheads" locally, are a traditional emblem for Shropshire (and several of its towns) and have historically evolved from the loggerheads on the Shrewsbury town arms, themselves first recorded in 1623. This originates presumably[original research?] in the practice of carving some such motif on the head of the log used as a battering ram. The "gold" erminois aspect differentiates the county arms/flag from those of its county town.
The flag (with the short-lived "white" ermine pattern instead of the erminois) was flown above the Department for Communities and Local Government in April 2011 as part of a scheme to promote traditional English counties.
Erminois, three piles issuant two from chief and one from base each bearing a jaguar's head.
The Pantone colours for the flag are:
- Dark Blue
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