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English flag painted over by pub landlord

With the World Cup in full swing earlier this year, a Norfolk pub landlord decided in the heat of the competition to paint a large Union Jack on the side of his pub. Reluctantly now, he’s had to paint over it.

South Norfolk Council put pressure under Philip Taylor, landlord of the King’s Head in Loddon to remove the red and white flag since he painted it on the south gable of the listed building in June.

Mr Taylor has since repainted the entire pub a neutral terracotta colour after receiving the final order from the council, but has said he was also ‘flying’ the flag for British troops in Afghanistan.

I am very disappointed,” he said. “I am as patriotic an Englishman you can meet and all I wanted to do was show my pride in England.

The council had said that the building’s listed status meant that the flag was in no way appropriate as an amendment and, even if he had sought permission to do it, it would not have been granted. When he first painted it, they gave him eight weeks to paint over it – which allowed it to legitimately stay there for the duration of the World Cup.

He subsequently submitted an application to repaint the whole of the pub and earlier this month was given three months grace to carry out the work.

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