Colourful flags fly in Penzance

Photo courtesy of Penzance BID

The streets of Penzance have been decorated with its annual display of silk flags, bringing a splash of colour to the town ahead of its upcoming summer season and festivities.

Funded by Penzance Town Council, the flags adorn the buildings of Market Jew Street, Chapel Street, Causewayhead, Greenmarket and Alverton Street, as well as flagpoles along the Promenade, and incorporate both new flags and older designs from the last four years.

Ben Brosgall, Leisure & Amenities Manager for Penzance Town Council, said: “Each year, we try to repair and re-use as many of the flags as we can, and this year, out of the 174 flags in total, we’ve managed to reuse 124 of them, which is great.”

The 50 new flags have been designed by two local artists, who went through an extensive tendering process that started earlier this year, looking at both their design ideas and the quality of their work.

Lucy Birbeck, who’s based in St Just, has received commissions from The Eden Project, Greenpeace, Glastonbury Festival and Vattenfall UK, with her flags being flown everywhere from Cornwall to California. Lucy designed this year’s new flags for the Promenade, featuring an art-deco style series of divers, in-keeping with the style of nearby Jubilee Pool.

The new town flags were designed by Penzance-based artist Liz Tyrrell, incorporating a “Penzance” nautical theme that depicts the sea, anchors, boats and sails.

Hester Hunt, Town Clerk, said: “We’re really pleased with this year’s flags; both designers have done a fabulous job in creating the new ones and managing to repair the older ones so they can be reused.

“The feedback we’ve had so far has been so positive, and seeing the flags flying around town really does feel like we’re heralding the start of what we hope will be a great summer season for everyone.”