Carnival day flag hoisting could inspire new festival

Councillor Vince Settle in St Annes Square, with the St Annes flag design.
Councillor Vince Settle in St Annes Square, with the St Annes flag design.

St Annes’ town flag is set to be officially hoisted for the first time on the morning of the town’s carnival next month.

A flagpole has been erected at the seaward end of The Square in preparation for the ceremony – and it could provide the inspiration for a flag festival as town council officials look to spread the word as widely as possible.

The flag, featuring images of the sea and the 1886 Mexico disaster in yellow on a blue background, is set to be unfurled by town mayor Coun Vivienne Willder ahead of the Carnival procession through the town on the morning of Saturday, July 6 at a ceremony to which Fylde MP Mark Menzies has also been invited.

“The intention is for the flag to be used as a distinctive brand image for the town,” town councillor Vince Settle told a meeting of St Annes Chamber of Trade.

“We are looking for the town’s businesses to use it and promote it as much as possible, by placing stickers of the image in their windows, using it on their letterheads or possibly by taking up the lapel pins we are making available.

“We want the flag to be instantly associated with St Annes and any ideas about how we can promote it would be very welcome.

“We are all looking forward to seeing it flying proudly in The Square and are already in the early stages of looking into the possibility of a flag festival, along the lines of one already held over a fortnight every year in Ulverston, Cumbria.