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Flying 'wow factor' flag for Perranporth

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 23, 2012

Gollowan Flags over the Jubilee Pool In Penzance. Similar flags are being planned for Perranporth.

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VIBRANT eye-catching flags depicting the life of Perranporth and creating a cultural "wow factor" are being planned for the resort.

Perranporth School is leading the £8,000 project to install up to 39 flags at various spots.

Giant flags have been a welcome feature along Cornwall's coastline in Penzance and St Ives, but were ditched in St Austell after locals complained.

So far 40 groups, including The Perraners, Perranporth Surf Club and Sunningdale House care home, have signed up to help create the works of art, with more expected to join.

The funding came from a planning permission agreement when the Co-op was built on Station Road five years ago.

The exact size and design of the flags have yet to be confirmed, but the school's art coordinator, Ellie Smitheram, said she would like to see banner flags up to 6ft high flying in prominent areas.

She said: "The promenade can look grey on dull days. This would add a vibrant splash of colour and give it that wow factor."

Perranzabuloe Parish Council is supporting the scheme and if Perranporth Gardens Charities gives its backing work will begin in January, with the flags up in time for the summer season.

Mrs Smitheram said eight flags could be attached to black lampposts leading from Lloyds Bank to the promenade, with 12 along the promenade attached to removable poles, locked in place.

There would be several near the boating lake island, fire station and on the corner of Budnic estate, with five at Perranporth School.

She added: "Our vision is to include as many members of the community as possible.

"We feel a series of flags representing village life would have the most impact and relevance to Perranporth.

"Each group would select a design, that would then be incorporated into a series of flags telling the story of our community. The effect of all the flags would be a vibrant mass of colour with the individual flags telling the story of the community."

It is also hoping to install plaques on each flagpole explaining the group behind the design with QR codes (a computer bar code) that could link to a website using a smartphone describing the project.

Perranzabuloe councillor, Ben Byfield, welcomed the scheme but questioned the scale of the project, saying large flags could block people's views.

He also said locations needed to be selected carefully, adding: "On very windy days they can make a lot of noise. It's hard to talk when you're standing by them. Visually they're very exciting but we don't want a small number of people suffering."

To take part or for more information, e-mail esmitheram@perranporth.cornwall.sch.uk

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