Flag marks Olympic legacy and first St George parade

Crawley Museum has been presented with a special gift to commemorate two milestone’s in the town’s recent history.

The town’s first St George’s Day Parade and its role in caring for teams from abroad during the Olympic Games were celebrated with the presentation of a signed flag.

The flag of St George, which will take pride of place in the museum, was given to curator Helen Poole by Anthony George, the man who designed the Grenadian flag.

Mr George signed several flags during the 2012 parade after being invited to attend by members of the Crawley St George’s Day Cultural Parade Society.

He, along with his wife and Samuel Sandy – a consulate representative for the Grenadian High Commissioner – met in the Mayor’s Office at the town hall on Wednesday (October 23).

Parade organiser Richard Miller said: “We decided to donate one of the flags to Crawley Museum as a permanent reminder of our first St George’s Day Cultural Parade.

“It’s an artefact that we valued and wanted it kept safely which is why we donated it to the museum.”

Plans for next year’s parade – which will be held on April 27 – are in full swing .

Richard said: “We are looking for people to join us and help us and for people to sponsor us because Local Authority money is getting harder to come by.

“Crawley Borough Council have been very good to us but they have limited resources.”

Eunice Clement, of the Museum Society, thanked Mr George for the flag and invited him to attend the re-opening of the museum once it moved to its new home.

Regarding the long-awaited move from Goffs Park to The Tree, in the High Street, the Heritage Lottery Fund will announce in December whether the society’s bid for funding has been successful.

Should the application for £1.6million be approved – on top of the £763,000 pledged by Crawley Borough Council – the museum should be in its new home by late 2016.

It has been five years since Crawley Museum was told it had been successful in acquiring a grant to get the whole process under way.

Helen Poole said: “We have a lot of meetings beforehand to make sure our bid is up to scratch and that the HLF understands all the information we have given them. We are cautiously optimistic.”

Anyone who would like to help out with the organisation of next year’s St George’s Day Parade or who would like to sponsor the parade can email crawley_st_george@yahoo.co.uk or call 01293 406005.