Kerr's Corner

Kerr's Corner is a regular feature in East Antrim and Newtownabbey editions of The Wizard. David Kerr would like to hear your memories of life in your own area. Maybe you'll trigger some thoughts for a future column. kerrscorner@ulsteronline.org.uk

Monday, November 20, 2006

Kerr's Collector's Corner

BRAND NEW ULSTER-SCOTS CULTURAL BADGE.

IN THE last Kerr’s Collectors Corner I described a new Rangers badge which was very unique because it featured two First Union Flags. This flag was introduced in 1606 and just consists of the English St. George’s flag and Scottish St. Andrew’s flag. (The cross of St. Patrick wasn’t added until 1801).

This month I’d like to highlight another very unique badge – this time a brand new Ulster-Scots cultural badge.

This seven-colour Ulster-Scots enamel badge really is fantastic! It features a highly stylised Scottish Thistle (and is reminsant of the work produced by Charles Rennie MacIntosh, the famous Glaswiegan architect and designer).

The head of the Thistle is purple whilst the leaves are bright green. However, what makes this badge stand out is its centre-piece, which takes the form of the Second Ulster National Flag – sometimes referred to as the Ulster-Scots flag. This is all set against a brilliant white backround.

What makes this badge really unique is the writing around an outer black band. At the top it says Put Ulster-Scots First and around the bottom are the words Pit Ulster-Scots Tae The Fore. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a badge written in Ullans! (more commonly known as Uster-Scots).

This Ulster-Scots cultural badge – which actually features Ulster-Scots text – is the first of its kind. This will very quickly make it a collector’s item – so be sure to order yours today! It costs only £2.50 (including p&p) each. To get your Ulster-Scots badge complete with Ullans text, simply send a cheque/Postal Order (made payable to Glenwood Publications) to: Glenwood Publications, First Floor, 316 Shankill Road, Belfast, BT13 3AB.

I’m still hearing rumours that about three new badges – another new Rangers badge, a cultural badge celebrating the 300th Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne and a 5th Anniversary Drumcree badge. As soon as they’re available I’ll let you know. Happy badge collecting!

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