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Hay-on-Wye (Powys, Wales)

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[Hay-on-Wye] by Jarig Bakker


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Description of the flag

The town of Hay proclaimed independence in January 1977. Flag was white over green (national flag of Wales, where Hay is) with the logo of the businessman Richard Booth: a castle silhouette (white, bordered black) and within a black lion from the Booth family arms. Above lion there are the letters HAY.
Jaume Ollé, 5 March 2000

Hay-on-Wye is a market town of 1,500 people on the Welsh-English border. Hay resident Richard Booth, owner of the world's largest used-book store, declared himself King Richard I of Hay on 1 Apr 1977. King Richard has proven himself to be a rather mellow monarch, declaring that in Hay, "There must be no authority from anyone. Long live Anarchy, Prosperity to the People!" The new nation supports itself by selling dukedoms (25) and earldoms (5), as well as T-shirts and tote bags.
Flag and information based on The People's Almanac #2, by David Wallechinsky & Irving Wallace, 1978
Jarig Bakker, 7 February 2003