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Greater Manchester County Council
Unofficial County Flag of Greater Manchester.svg
Proportion 3:5
Adopted 1974
Relinquished 1986
Design Gules, ten Towers three two three two, all within a Bordure embattled Or

The flag of the Greater Manchester County Council was a symbol of the former Greater Manchester County Council which administered Greater Manchester in England between 1974 and 1986. It has not been registered with the Flag Institute, which will not register flags for counties other than for historic counties.


The flag derives from the shield and crest design on the coat of arms of Greater Manchester; the design itself is used by a number of organisations that represent the Greater Manchester area, such as the former Greater Manchester County Council, the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, and the Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force, all of which use ten golden towers on a red background to represent the ten metropolitan boroughs.


The flag is composed of ten golden castles (arranged in rows of 3–2–3–2) on a red background, fringed by a golden border in the style of a castle battlement. The blazon is: "Gules, ten Towers three two three two, all within a Bordure embattled Or".

The ten golden castles represent both the urban landscape of Greater Manchester, and its division in to its ten metropolitan districts: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside, Trafford, Salford, Stockport, and Wigan. The red ground represents manpower and the region's red-brick architectural heritage, both legacies of Greater Manchester's industrial past. The embattled border represents the unity and shared future of the region, and its bold, vigilant and forward-looking character.


Flag of Greater Manchester flying at Manchester Piccadilly
County flag flying at Manchester Piccadilly railway station

The flag currently flies in front of the National Rail offices at Manchester Piccadilly railway station.

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