Pas­sion never flags

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By MON­TANA AR­DON

FLOREAT res­i­dent David Price en­joys bright­en­ing up peo­ple’s days, whether it is in his street or on the other side of the world. Known as the ‘Floreat Flag Man’, Mr Price has been col­lect­ing flags for more than a decade and changes them on the flag­pole out­side his house daily.

His Face­book page is fol­lowed by peo­ple all over the world.

WHEN it comes to flags, money is no ob­ject for Floreat res­i­dent David Price, who es­ti­mates he has spent more than $2500 on his ob­ses­sion.

Mr Price has been fly­ing his grow­ing col­lec­tion of flags, which is now at 240, out the front of his Newry Street home for more than a decade.

“Ev­ery year I said to my wife I wanted a flag­pole, but she never be­lieved me,” he said.

“Then on my 50th birth­day I got a flag­pole, and we had an erec­tion party.”

The vex­il­lol­o­gist – a per­son who stud­ies flags – said he changed the flags daily, de­pend- ing on events that had oc­curred in his­tory.

If there was no rea­son to fly a flag, he just flies one of his many Aus­tralian ones.

“I keep a spread­sheet and look on Wikipedia for what hap­pens on a par­tic­u­lar day,” he said.

“I have flags from most coun­tries around the world, all the Aus­tralian states, some US states, as well as cel­e­bra­tion and or­gan­i­sa­tion flags.

A pro­fes­sional speaker by trade, Mr Price buys his flags from ebay, rang­ing in price from $8 to $600.

“My most ex­pen­sive flag is a 4m long, 2m high hand-em­broi­dered Amer­i­can flag,” he said.

“But my favourite flag is my gi­ant Aus­tralian flag, which is 4.5m long and too heavy for me to fly on the pole.”

The flags not only brighten up the street, but also serve other pur­poses.

“I have neigh­bours who look at the flags to see which way the wind is blow­ing be­fore they go surfing,” he said.

“And the lady next door looks out her win­dow to see if the sea breeze has come in.”

It also draws many ad­mir­ers. “I know peo­ple that take a de­tour off Cam­bridge Street just to see which flag is up,” he said.

Mr Price has a Face­book page, To­day’s Flag, which he up­dates daily. “I have peo­ple fol­low­ing around the world,” he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d464841

Floreat res­i­dent David Price with some of his flags.

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