New bunting goes up in Town

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BRAND new bunting has been strung up throughout Town, and the organiser behind it hopes it will encourage islanders back into St Peter Port when lockdown is over for people to support local businesses.

Over the weekend, a team of five volunteers from Art of Living and Ravenscroft hung 10,500 metres of new bunting in Town and through the Commercial Arcade.

Art of Living community volunteer Andrew Pouteaux was incredibly grateful to Ravenscroft for their support in purchasing more than enough bunting and providing a team to help install it, as well as Event Services for their help in assisting with the hanging by providing equipment and scaffolding. ‘It’s lovely to have new bunting,’ Mr Pouteaux said.

‘We’ve been messing around with old bits of bunting for years, but this year we had a whole new roll of it and Ravenscroft even bought 2,500 metres extra in case some gets damaged or worn and needs to be replaced.

‘The bunting usually goes up at Easter and comes down in September so islanders and visitors can enjoy an aesthetic town setting during the summer period.

‘This year it went up a little bit later because we had to get permission to close some of the roads temporarily and ensure the team could be socially distant,’ he said.

‘The bunting this year is also a fantastic way to say thank you to islanders for their hard work and support of one another during this difficult time.

‘Town looks really beautiful now with flowers planted and the colourful new bunting – islanders deserve it.’

Mr Pouteaux hoped that, although islanders would probably have done more online shopping that they would normally, people would return to town once the island returns to normality to shop and support local.

‘Something might be a couple of pounds more expensive when you buy it on the high street compared to online, but that pays for a portion of someone’s salary, supports a business and is part of the overall support for Town where we can come together as islanders.’

Zoe Fitch

By Zoe Fitch
News reporter

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