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Civic heraldry of the United Kingdom
MAESTEG (Urban district council)
Arms : Or three Lozenges Sable in pale between two Flaunches indented Vert.
Crest : On a Wreath Argent and Vert a demi Dragon issuant Gules supporting a Celtic Cross Or.
Motto : 'GORAU GWEITHIO-CYD WEITHIO' - The best service is co-operation.
The arms were officially granted on February 4, 1970.
The gold background or field refers to the Maesteg, which means 'fair field'. On either side of the valley in which Maesteg lies are hills and these have been symbolised by the two arcs of a circle, these are green to suggest agriculture and indented to underline the fact that they symbolise hills. The black diamonds are used to symbolise coal; Three are shown on the shield to represent the three collieries, Caerau, Coegnant and St. John's.
The wreath at the base of the crest is of the Welsh colours, silver and green and the Welsh dragon supports a Celtic Cross, symbolising the Church at the head of the Valley. It is fitting that a symbol of the church should dominate not only the valley, but also the arms.
The arms are now used by the Maesteg town council.
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