West Suffolk Council: 'Historic' coat of arms reinstated
A coat of arms last used 45 years ago has been dusted off as the emblem of a newly-formed council.
West Suffolk Council, formed by a merger of the Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury authorities, will re-adopt the badge from April.
Creating a new coat of arms could have cost £17,000 and would have needed approval from the Queen.
Councillors said reworking the old design would cost about £1,400 and would reflect the area's "history".
A shadow West Suffolk council has been set up ahead of elections to the new authority in May.
Councillors heard a report which said creating a new one could have taken up to 12 months and would have needed royal approval.
The design, which became obsolete in a local government reorganisation in 1974, depicts symbols representing St Edmund and King Edward the Confessor.
In a joint statement, Forest Heath District Councillor Ruth Bowman and St Edmundsbury Borough Councillor Carol Bull, both cabinet members for future governance, said: "Whilst the new West Suffolk Council will be forward-looking and designed to respond to the fast changing demands of our modern world and thus better drive prosperity in the area, it [the coat of arms] has its roots in local history and has existed previously.
They said using the old emblem would be more "cost-effective" and show "visible historic links".