Splash of colour as town prepares to fly the flags

Busy designing flags for Lytham Flag Festival - Brownies Lily Smith, Lucy Dulay, Robyn Fairhurst and Maisie Eammes
Busy designing flags for Lytham Flag Festival - Brownies Lily Smith, Lucy Dulay, Robyn Fairhurst and Maisie Eammes
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More than 80 flags are set to bring a splash of colour to Lytham’s main streets over the next couple of weeks after a dazzling community response to the town’s first Flag Festival.

Local groups, businesses and schools have been busy designing flags and bunting for the event, which runs from Saturday through until February 27.

The flags will fly from brackets along Clifton Street and other shopping areas installed previously to accommodate Christmas trees and, with Valentine’s Day falling during the Festival’s inaugural weekend, a ‘Love Lytham’ theme will predominate.

Festival organiser Richard Marshall said: “I am thrilled at the amount of support and interest in the flag festival – there are a lot of creative people out there.

“The aim of the festival is to bring together local schools, community groups, businesses and residents to celebrate all that is great about Lytham and it has been heartening to see businesses and groups working together.”

Richard, the man behind the Lytham Arts Festival, which has proved such a success over the last two summers, has organised the Festival on behalf of the Lytham Business Partnership using funds allocated through Fylde Council’s High Street Innovation Fund and it is hoped it might become an annual event with the potential to grow even bigger in years to come.

Denize Ashton, chairman of the Lytham Business Partnership, said: “We are always looking for new ways to encourage locals to come into their town and attract visitors from near and far.”

Richard added: “We are especially grateful to Stringers, who have run a competition with Lytham Hall Park School and to the team at Park View for their creative input.”

More details about the festival at www.lythamartsfestival.org