A clash of priorities is threatening to mar Armed Forces Day at St. Ives, Cornwall, when Olympic flags are to be flown in the town to celebrate the games, while commemorative flags for Armed Forces Day should also be flying to recognise their day of observance.
The town has been told by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) that the flags for the Olympic celebrations must be in place in the town for two weeks prior to the July 8th start date of the Games. This gives the organisers a dilemma as the Armed Forces Day tribute organisers also need to hoist their flags for the day of recognition on June 30th.
The organising committee have also told the council that the Olympic flags will need to stay in situ until the end of September, when the last of the Paralympic Games will have been contested.
The local council now have the unenviable job of deciding which organisation’s flags take precedence, and whether to find some other way to observe Armed Forces Day or flouting the regulations laid down by LOCOG.
“LOCOG’s guidelines are so frustrating. When we decided to celebrate Armed Forces Day, it was on June 23 and LOCOG had agreed to put up the Olympic flags after the event,” the spokesman said. “We will have to make a practical decision on the day whether to take down the Olympic flag that we will fly from the Town Hall and put the other up or to not to put the Armed Forces decorations up at all.”