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Arms : Barry of twelve Gules and Argent on a Pale Ermine a Lion rampant Azure on a Chief engrailed of the second three Torteaux.
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours in front of two Anchors in saltire Or the Stern of a Ship with Rudder proper.
Motto: 'ALWAYS ADVANCING'
The arms were officially granted on January 23, 1893.
The arms are based upon those of the family of Thornaby in the 16th century. The blue lion is that of the family of de Brus, who held the manor of Thornaby during the Middle Ages.
The ship and anchors refers to the area's maritime associations.
The arms as used on a JaJa postcard +/- 1905
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