Hereford & Worcester

Simply the crest: Worcester scoops coat of arms gong

Side entrance to Guildhall on Copenhagen Street
Image caption A golden example of the city's heritage on the side entrance to Guildhall on Copenhagen Street

Worcester has won an award for displaying its coats of arms in more than 2,000 places around the city centre.

Retired teacher Roger Whitworth compiled a huge dossier of pictures of the Worcester City Ancient Arms and the Worcester City Modern Arms.

The heraldic emblems can be seen on buildings, bins, benches, gates and even a radiator cover.

The city council received the Corporate Heraldry Award at a ceremony in London.

The accolade, sponsored by the national Heraldry Society is given twice a year to recognise how coats of arms strengthen a place or organisation's identity.

Worcester City's ancient arms feature a castle while the modern arms have the addition of three black pears.

Mr Whitworth, a former lecturer who runs a genealogy business, entered the city for the award.

He wrote in detail about how the people of Worcester identify the council and the city using the crests.

Mottos seen on Worcester's coats of arms

Floreat Semper Fidelis Civitas - Let the faithful city ever flourish

Civitas in bello et pace fidelis - In war and peace, a faithful city

Semper fidelis mutare sperno - Ever faithful, I scorn to change

"We are delighted that Worcester's commitment to its heraldic heritage and the importance of the city crest has been recognised nationally," said Councillor Lucy Hodgson, the council's cabinet member for history and heritage.

"This award can only help to strengthen Worcester's case to gain Heritage City status in 2016."

Image caption On the crest of a wave: the emblem over the water on Foregate Street bridge
Image caption Sitting pretty: A bench in High Street bears the coat of arms
Image caption Law and order: The crest on the wall of Berkeley Court
Image caption High and mighty: A proud display of the coat of arms atop the Guildhall
Image caption Resting place: The symbol can be found on a bench by the river
Image caption A bygone era: Bygones antique shop has a golden crest above its window
Image caption Throwaway line: The motto meaning 'In war and peace, a faithful city' is on a bin in Friars Street
Image caption Getting warmer: The coat of arms can be tracked down on a radiator cover inside the Guildhall
Image copyright Worcester City Council
Image caption Quest for a crest: Worcester City's ancient and modern crests have been combined to create the city council's logo

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