Flag gets a bit nearer to pole

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.
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THE chance to raise the colours of a coastal town is one step closer after an historic design was approved by the Flag Institute.

The flag for St Annes, depicting the town’s golden sands and the tragic Laura Janet lifeboat at the centre of the RNLI Mexico disaster, was given the thumbs-up at the institute’s annual meeting at the weekend, and will now be made into an official flag.

Now, St Annes Town Council is tasked with getting a flagpole put up in the town centre.

Coun Vince Settle has spearheaded the campaign for the council with Lytham St Annes Civic Society.

He said: “I’m really pleased. We want to promote St Annes a lot more and people have reacted positively to the design.”

The next step is to have a flagpole installed, probably in The Square or Clifton Drive, but Coun Settle would also like to see it in shops and schools.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has given his support to the flag.

He said: “St Annes is one of the best tourist destinations on the North West coast. For that reason I think it’s a good thing the town should take pride in itself with a flag. I look forward to seeing it unveiled and it will be interesting to see if other towns decide to follow suit.”

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