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Calais (Municipality, Pas-de-Calais, France)

Last modified: 2012-04-09 by ivan sache
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Flag of Calais - Image by Ivan Sache, 4 May 2000

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Presentation of Calais

The municipality of Calais (74,336 inhabitants in 2009; 335 ha) is located on the Pas-de-Calais, the sea bottleneck between the Channel and the North Sea, 31 km in width on 185 km in length.

Calais was seized during the Hundred Years' War by Edward III in 1347 after a long siege. Five burghers of the town personally surrendered to the king and asked for the preservation of the town. The event has been popularized by a famous bronze statue by Auguste Rodin.
Calais was definitively reincorporated to France in 1558. The old downtown was totally destroyed during the Second World War.

Ivan Sache, 4 May 2000

Flag of Calais

The flag of Calais is blue with a white Scandinavian cross. This flag was already shown on old flag charts.

Ivan Sache, 4 May 2000

Yacht clubs

Société des Régates de Calais

[SR Calais]

Burgee of SRC - Image by Ivan Sache, 12 May 2001

SRC, founded in 1951 as the Yacht Club du Nord de la France, took its present name in 1988.

The burgee of SRC is similar to the flag of Calais, charged with a red shield with two yellow keys placed horizontally head to tail, surrounded by yellow leaves.

Ivan Sache, 12 May 2001

Yacht Club de Calais

[YC Calais]

Burgee of YCC - Image by Ivan Sache, 20 May 2011

YCC was founded in 1952.

The burgee of YCC is similar to the flag of Calais, charged with two yellow sails on a white disc placed in the first quarter of the flag.

Ivan Sache, 20 May 2001

Calais Racing Union Football Club

[FC Calais]

Flag of FC Calais - Image by Ivan Sache, 22 September 2003

The amateur footballers of Calais RUFC played in Stade de France the final of the French Cup 2000 against FC Nantes-Atlantique (1:2). At that time, the town hall of Calais hoisted the club's flag, horizontally divided yellow-black-yellow-red-yellow flag.

The club was founded in 1974 by the merging of the Racing Club de Calais and of the Union Sportive de Calais. The official colours of the club are a mix of the colours of the two former clubs. The official gazette of the club is called Noir-Jaune-Rouge (Black-Yellow-Red).

Ivan Sache, 22 September 2003