Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen
We’re coming up on a milestone in the reign of our Sovereign Lady, Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and of her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, &c.*. The last milestone was Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee – the forthcoming is the Diamond Jubilee in 2010.
With these milestones often comes a race among various towns in the United Kingdom to be the three in 2000 (or
four five† in 2002) that become cities in what is now seen to be a standard competition.
Ballymena a city? I think not.
Now, I am a native of Ballymena, the “city of the seven towers” to use the local saying, but I am opposed to my town being granted city status. I was opposed back in 2000, and in 2002 – and I remain opposed.
Ballymena Borough Council would be wanting an honour from the Crown – yet it does not respect Crown authority on honours as it is. The Borough Council has a coat of arms granted in 1953. I have seen the original grant in the College of Arms in the company of the now Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, Henry Edgar Paston-Bedingfeld, then York Herald. But sometime back around 2000 the Borough Council decided that the very simple coat of arms that has been assigned by Her Majesty’s Kings of Arms, was not good enough anymore.
So they messed about with it. They brought in consultants and paid them a handsome sum of money and all that happened was something that looked like a Primary 7 class was set loose with it. The logo which you can find here – I won’t put it on this blog – now has the correct coat of arms shoved down the shield with a new part added on, I suppose it could be called a ‘chief’ but I wouldn’t dare.
It was said that the very simple coat of arms of Ballymena was too complicated – yet the Borough Council could have petitioned for an heraldic badge – as other councils in Northern Ireland have – and used that instead of the full coat of arms. Personally, I should have thought that a badge with a golden tower possibly with the green leaves of new life (that they think are in the new logo). But that would involve knowing and using the traditions of the United Kingdom. Isn’t that funny that the so-called Loyalists and Unionists won’t abide by the norms of the United Kingdom?
Changing your coat of arms without consulting the heralds is bad enough, but to do so repeatedly when this has been pointed out is tantamount to having no respect whatsoever for the authority of the Crown. I for one, will be writing again to ask that Ballymena Borough does not get city status.
A family trait
Of course, it is unsurprising that The Hon. Ian Paisley is calling for this, as he has learnt from his father who refused to come to an enquiry established by Crown authority – and Paisley senior has now ended up being made a peer – Lord Bannside.