Proud village set to fly its own colours

The new flag designed for Staining Village.
The new flag designed for Staining Village.
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It’s a place which is proud of its identity.

And the Fylde village of Staining will soon be able to fly its own colours for all to see – after a flag design was officially recognised.

Coun David Angel and Coun Keith Shuch.

Coun David Angel and Coun Keith Shuch.

A design for Staining’s flag has now been registered with the Flag Registry in London, allowing it to be used for display.

The brainchild of parish councillors Keith Shuck and David Angel, the flag symbolises some of the key aspects of the village – the windmill, a plough and St Luke’s Church.

Coun Shuck said: “One of our unique land marks is the Staining Windmill, which was built by a retired ship’s captain in 1715 and produced grain until 1923. Its Tower is now a Grade II Listed Building.

“In 1980 it was converted into a house but is still complete with working sails. It is now owned by a local businessman.

“In 1810 a farmhouse in Staining obtained a drinks licence, and soon became the Plough Inn, which is positioned in the central cross roads of the village and is an integral part of village life.

“In 1865 a chapel and school were erected in Staining and they later, in around 1895, became St Luke’s Church.

“This church is an important part of our village life and the tower of the church has five crenulations, which are symbolised by the five centre rectangles across the flag with the cross of St Luke displayed prominently.”

Two flag poles are due to be put up in the village – one on the grass verge outside The Plough and the other outside the village hall. The flag itself is due to be raised on Staining gala day on July 27.

Coun Shuck said: “It’s exciting. It’s like a baby that I’ve brought up for the past six months.”

News of Staining flag’s registry comes as St Annes prepares to fly its own colours for the first time.

The town’s flag was registered in November and the pole has been put up on Clifton Drive Square, outside B&M Bargains. The flag will be officially raised before St Annes Carnival on Saturday July 6. The town crier in his full costume will announce the raising at 10.20am before the honours are carried out by Mayor Coun Viv Willder. The carnival procession will begin immediately afterwards.

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