Saturday 1 July 2023

Flying the Flags for the Fringe

Linda Rolland Fringe Community Links Officer (2nd left) flies our Banner

 Linda Rolland (2nd left) Fringe Community Links Officer with our banner and bunting

It's not long now till Buxton Carnival on 8th July and the Fringe will be entering a float with our friends at BIF - as usual thanks to Lomas who are providing our float. This year's theme is "Flying the Flags" and what amazing flags we have!  As always, a group of Fringe volunteers (at least the ones who are good at crafts, so not me!) have been making flags, flowers and all types of orange decorations. 

In addition we will have a very special banner.  Back in January High Peak Community Arts approached the Fringe as well as  a number of local community groups. They had received some funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and were planning an arts project involving local people and artists making silk banners and flags.  Naturally we were really excited about this and Linda, our Community Links Officer gratefully accepted their offer.

High Peak Community Arts and  Buxton Project eARTh worked with Sheffield artist Sara Blackburn to design the banners for a range of local groups.  Then local residents at both Buxton and New Mills centres started work on creating the banners, flags, bunting and hanging decorations.

The project was a huge success and we were blown away by our beautiful banner, bunting and decorations - they are almost too lovely to use! 

Linda said "The quality of work and the designs are just stunning". She added "we are so grateful to High Peak Community Arts for this wonderful gift, to artist Sara Blackburn and to all the people who worked so hard on making our banners and bunting.  We would also like to thank Alison Bowry and HPCA for inviting the Fringe to be a recipient."  

So look out for our float on the 8th July and our banner which will have pride of place before moving to the Fringe desk in Pavilion Gardens.

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