New sign for Preston Flag Market to reflect city’s heritage

Posted on - 28th March, 2022 - 1:34pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Flag Market, History, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
CGI of Preston Sign

A new sign which will symbolise the rich history of the cotton and textile industry in Preston will be unveiled this week.


The unique sign will be unveiled this Wednesday 30th March on the Flag Market before it tours the city and is put in it’s final destination, which is yet to be chosen.

The iconic sign is made of steel, coated blue, with rope weaved through it to symbolise the rich history of the cotton and textile industry. 

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Mayor of Preston, Councillor Javed Iqbal, said: “The Preston sign looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to see it in front of the Harris on the Flag Market.

“Unique creations like this, encourage even more visitors to the city centre, to explore all the amazing things Preston has to offer.

“The successful partnership between Preston City Council, David Cox Architects and Steeleson Fabrications has brought this distinctive idea to life and is a piece of art Preston will be proud of for many years to come.”

A view of one of the letters on the sign

Helen Knott, architect from David Cox Architects said: “It has been a privilege to work alongside Preston City Council and Steeleson Fabrications on this highly unique project.

“The design concept has been influenced by Preston’s textile heritage and the large threads represent the cotton-weaving process.

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“Procuring a piece of public art for everyone to enjoy signals a growing confidence in our city and delivery has been a real team effort on a tight programme.

“We very much hope it becomes a fun photo opportunity for locals and visitors alike.”

Commissioned as part of the city’s Welcome Back Fund action plan, the Preston sign has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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