The design of Mr Howe’s arms is a commemoration of the marriage and ancestry of his parents, Albert Howe and Dora Breaks. ‘Howe’ in the northern Britain is a hill, hence the enarched dividing line. The Howes originally came from Cumberland and the Breaks from Westmorland (moving to Yorkshire). Both families eventually settled in Lancashire and Mr Howe was born in Bolton. All of this is represented by the red and white roses of the field and crest. The crosses indicate a devotion to Christianity, but are unique in being formy fitchee. The crest is complex. Mr Howe is fascinated by dragons and has traced ancestors from Wales. He first home was in the principality. The arms of Carlisle and Appleby, (The county towns of Cumberland and Westmorland) both have dragon supporters. This dragon has been ‘converted’ by having its wings charged with a cross. Between the fore-legs it holds a fire steel striking a flint stone enflamed. The charge is unique in English heraldry. In French heraldry, this assemblage is known as a briquette, which is a neat pun on the name ‘Breaks’.