North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson has welcomed news that the St Piran’s flag will be flown from Launceston Castle every day, starting in spring.
Following requests from local people, Lib Dem Councillor Jade Farrington, who represents Launceston South on Cornwall Council, wrote to English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley to ask that the Cornish flag be flown all year round instead of just on St Piran’s Day.
She said: “This has been an issue which has gone unresolved for many years so I’m very pleased to see English Heritage finally recognise the importance of the Cornish flag.
“Mr Thurley gave his assurances that it will continue to be flown exclusively on March 5th and will now also sit alongside the English Heritage flag every day from the end of March when the castle re-opens.”
Local MP Dan Rogerson said it was great to see English Heritage giving Cornwall further recognition following the designation of the Cornish under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities last year.
“The St Piran’s flag is an important emblem for everyone in Cornwall, whatever their background,” he said. “It has been a source of considerable unhappiness to many that English Heritage has in the past refused to recognise this. I applaud them for their change of stance.”
Launceston resident David Perry, who raised the issue on a local Facebook group, said he was delighted and expressed his gratitude to English Heritage for the compromise.
“I look forward to being able to see St Piran flying from our most prominent edifice,” he added.