The History of Our Banner

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                                              The Rotary Club of Radcliffe

We do not have any exact record of the origin of the ancient Town of Radcliffe. Evidence has been found by excavation at the confluence of two rivers flowing through the town of an ancient prehistoric lake village settlement estimated to be some 8,000 years old, 6,000 B.C. but for certain, the town was recorded in the Domesday Book Survey of William the Conqueror in 1068, and therein referred to as Radclyffe in the Hundred of Salford.

It has had an exciting and turbulent history, being associated with the Royal families through the `Wars of the Roses' and the `Civil War' - hence the Norman Church and Castle or Tower. It is from this kind of background that the Banner has been designed by one of our members.

Radcliffe is in one of the countries traditional northern counties, Lancashire, of which the queen is the Duke of Lancaster in her own right, as well as being the Queen of England (as is any British Sovereign). Hence when in the traditional County of Lancashire the Loyal Toast is to "The Queen the Duke of Lancaster." This being by reason of the fact, that there is a link between the Crown and the first Duke of Lancaster, John of Gaunt, who founded the House of Lancaster, and whose London Palace was `The Savoy' on the banks of the Thames, roughly on the site of the present Savoy Hotel.

To identify these facts in the Banner : The cross on the white background is coloured red and is the traditional armorial bearing of St. George, usually as 'St. George of England'. The 'Sovereign Lion with Crown' links the Queen and the diagonal stripes at the top of the banner, which are blue and white, identify her with John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Thus, in conjunction with the other obvious identifications, associating the Rotary Club of Radcliffe, District 1280 and the County of Lancashire, England.

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