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Union flags are set to welcome visitors to Dorchester
12:30pm Saturday 26th May 2012 in Local News
A FLURRY of flags will greet visitors to the county town as Dorchester prepares to welcome the world.
Union flags will be going up along High West Street and High East Street, with the first batch hoping to be installed in time for the Queen’s diamond jubilee weekend.
By the time visitors from all over the world descend on Dorset for the Olympic sailing events at Weymouth and Portland, it is hoped around 170 flags will be flying along the main route through Dorchester.
Local trader and town councillor David Taylor successfully applied for planning permission from West Dorset District Council to install brackets for the flags along High West Street and High East Street and replace or restore any existing brackets.
He explained that the scheme was a joint initiative from individuals and organisations in the town, including the Chamber of Commerce, Dorchester BID (Business Improvement District), Town Crier Alistair Chisholm and Shaun Hearn from the Hearn Group, which will be installing and restoring the flag brackets.
Councillor Taylor, manager of Owen and Simpson cook shop in Antelope Walk, said: “This is extremely good news when various parties of the town work together to achieve something.
“We have all come together to make sure it delivers and with the Jubilee running into the Olympic torch relay and then the Olympics it means Dorchester will shine. It’s a really positive message for the summer, saying to people: ‘Come and visit us and enjoy what Dorchester has to offer.’”