Town all set to fly the flag

The flag designed for St Anne's. If approvd the flag could be flown in the town from next year.
The flag designed for St Anne's. If approvd the flag could be flown in the town from next year.

THE next step in flying an official St Annes town flag has been taken – with the chief organiser calling for more towns in Fylde to get involved.

Coun Vince Settle, of St Annes Town Council, has been the driving force behind creating an iconic flag for the town and he hopes that soon the likes of Kirkham, Freckleton and Lytham will have their own to display.

Coun Settle said: “We had the flag registered with the UK Flag Registry on Sunday, at their AGM at Worcester Guild Hall.

“It now means we officially have the flag design agreed to, and we can set about the next step in erecting a flag pole in St Annes and proudly displaying it.

“I’m hoping we can have a pole put up on the corner of Clifton Drive South and St Annes Road West in the New Year, and that similarly hotels, schools and the RNLI in the town will fly the flag.”

Coun Settle said St Annes is one of only 10 towns in the country have a representative flag.

The flag, designed by vexillologist (flag expert) Phillip Tibbetts, shows golden waves on a blue background representing the golden sands of St Annes, using the blue colour from the Union Flag and the gold shades from the flag for Lancashire County. It includes a white lifeboat to signify the Laura Janet lifeboat, which left the shore for a rescue and never returned, losing many lives in the Victorian era.

Mark Menzies, Fylde MP added: “I think it’s a good thing that the town should take pride in itself with a flag.

“I look forward to seeing it unveiled and it will be interested to see if other towns decide to follow suit.”