Shop owner keeps the flags flying

COME ON DOWN:  Suzanne Fry with some of the flags in St Alban Street, Weymouth

COME ON DOWN: Suzanne Fry with some of the flags in St Alban Street, Weymouth

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A WEYMOUTH shop owner will continue decorating a shopping street with flags in a bid to welcome tourists.

Suzanne Fry, owner of The Hair Boutique in St Alban Street, has decorated the street with international flags.

The flags are put up as part of a street tradition, made famous by ‘The Flag Man’ Pat Silverton.

Suzanne took over the responsibility last year after Pat passed away at the age of 64 following an illness.

Last Christmas the flags were replaced by fairy lights to add festive spirit to the area.

Suzanne, along with 26 other store owners, raised £1,300 to help purchase and install the lights. Weymouth BID also supported the move, agreeing to add £500 towards the total.

Whilst the lights were well-received by the majority of people, vandals struck and took some of them down.

Suzanne said: “They were vandalised. Somebody went around with pliers and cut them. I’m not going to give up. I’m going to give it another go.”

This year Suzanne is targeting visitors arriving on cruise liners.

Suzanne said: “I’ve done European flags. With the cruise liners coming in, we’ve had lots of people taking photographs. It’s nice to come from another country and see your flag flying.”

A new cruise liner arrived into Dorset earlier this week. The Aida Stella was on a 14-day voyage around Western Europe.

She arrived into Portland Port on Wednesday and left later that evening heading for Spain.

Suzanne added: “All I’m trying to do is something to keep the street looking good.”

Nigel Reed, manager of the Weymouth BID, commended Suzanne’s contribution.

He said: “I think she’s done a grand job. People don’t appreciate people that take this on board.

“What’s wonderful is that she’s made them into flags from all over the world.

“It’s a good thing they’ve done in St Alban Street. It’s what high streets need to do. People need to think together.”

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8:54am Thu 29 May 14

islandman says...

St Albans St is ideal to be decorated year round. It adds atmosphere along with making the area warm and welcoming. In doing so, browsers are more likely stop and spend. I am sure that Pat would be happy knowing that what he started, is being continued. I for one am reminded of him each time we wander down. As an aside, we saw a display for "Scotties Soldiers" in Kings Lynn last week and was reminded of the event he organised in the year before he passed away.
St Albans St is ideal to be decorated year round. It adds atmosphere along with making the area warm and welcoming. In doing so, browsers are more likely stop and spend. I am sure that Pat would be happy knowing that what he started, is being continued. I for one am reminded of him each time we wander down. As an aside, we saw a display for "Scotties Soldiers" in Kings Lynn last week and was reminded of the event he organised in the year before he passed away. islandman
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11:35am Thu 29 May 14

Weymike says...

Carry on the good work Suzanne all my visitors comment on St Albans Street
Carry on the good work Suzanne all my visitors comment on St Albans Street Weymike
  • Score: 4

1:58pm Thu 29 May 14

Get a grip says...

Weymouth needs to look at promoting this style of shopping street.

Perhaps the Council could make a bold statement in the Town Centre Plan
Weymouth needs to look at promoting this style of shopping street. Perhaps the Council could make a bold statement in the Town Centre Plan Get a grip
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8:16pm Thu 29 May 14

Rocket dog3 says...

Well done Suzanne great stuff ,weymouth will be a better place when we get rid of the council and run it ourselves
Well done Suzanne great stuff ,weymouth will be a better place when we get rid of the council and run it ourselves Rocket dog3
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1:24am Fri 30 May 14

westbaywonder says...

Is there an English flag flying, if anyone cam remember it has a white background with a red cross!!
Is there an English flag flying, if anyone cam remember it has a white background with a red cross!! westbaywonder
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8:40am Fri 30 May 14

Ty_Xanders says...

My Partner is from America, When she came over and saw the flags last summer she was so amazed she went trigger happy crazy with photo's.
She said it was incredibly welcoming and appealing :) keep it up!
My Partner is from America, When she came over and saw the flags last summer she was so amazed she went trigger happy crazy with photo's. She said it was incredibly welcoming and appealing :) keep it up! Ty_Xanders
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