Flag Festival is launched across town centre
first Flag Festival was launched on Friday evening (July 30th)
when dozens of unique flags illustrating life in Burnham-On-Sea
were officially unveiled across the town centre.
at making Burnham more colourful and vibrant at the height of
the summer season, the festival runs until Monday 5th September.
artist Juliet Farnese has been working with four local schools
in Burnham and Highbridge to create the artwork for the 31 flags,
which feature many local groups and activities.
Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds, who is overseeing the
project, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are delighted to be
flying 31 new flags during the festival, turning the streets into
an open-air art gallery."
artistic team have worked with four local schools - Churchfield,
St Joseph's, Burnham Infants and St Andrew's - to develop images
that describe what Burnham-On-Sea means to them."
have taken these and created 27 flags with images of Burnham-On-Sea
life and 4 that showcase the drawings from the children."
process of making the flags encouraged art making, learning new
skills, sharing, enjoyment, and social exchange. This first year
has been successful, and if it is repeated I would like to see
it involving a wider cross section of the community at workshops
to develop more flags."
team has also developed a flag finder trail around Burnham-On-Sea,
with leaflets giving more information available from BiARS, the
Post Office, Hurleys Newsagents, the Toycupboard, the Library,
banks and many cafes and hairdressers.
added: "It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with
the excellent schools and the very wonderful, imaginative children
of Burnham-On-Sea & Highbridge. We are lucky to have such
amazing young children in our town, and I feel very proud of them."
been a lovely job to do and only possible with the expert help
of my colleagues, Helen McGinty, Mike Price and Ignite Somerset."
event, which is being supported by Burnham Chamber of Trade, is
being funded by funding from the funds to help promote the town
centre and offset the development of Burnham's Tesco store. The
Chamber is also running a shops
treasure hunt, which is proving successful and runs until
and Highbridge's Deputy Mayor Cllr Paul Young, who attended Friday
evening's launch function, said: "I am fully supportive of
this new festival - it's great to see something like this taking
place in Burnham."