Council could fly Union Flag

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During the recent run-up to the Remembrance Day service and other events that were arranged to remind us that we as a country fought for freedom in two world wars, which cost millions of lives.

Each year we remember those who made the supreme sacrifice fighting to defend freedom, and the flag is flown in their honour.

I have, over the years, campaigned asking the council to fly the Union Flag from the Civic Centre on a permanent basis, each time the request has been refused, in fact my suggestion was ridiculed by many of the then Labour group, the excuse for their decision is that the council is not obliged to fly the flag excepting on five occasions, one of which is to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

Surely the fact that we are leaving the EU, it is time to show the return of our sovereignty by flying the flag as symbol of the British people’s desire to once again return to our status prior to that which we held prior to 1972.

Coun George Howe

Fulwell Ward