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Armistice Flag abandoned by Pub under orders

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An RAF flag flying from outside the premises of a pub in Dumfries in honour of Armistice Day has caused controversy as local authorities asked the pub owners to remove the flag.

The manager of the Tides Inn in Kirkcudbright, Elaine McKenzie, said she had strenuously defied the local authority’s request to take down the banner, which they had claimed broken local planning regulations.

McKenzie’s father, who is the pub’s secretary, flew with the RAF, and they wanted to show their admiration to him and his fellow servicemen. McKenzie said:

My dad was in the RAF, my mum was in the WRAF and both should be allowed to fly the flag in support – especially on Armistice Day and around Remembrance Sunday. We will not be removing them.

The RAF banner had been flown alongside the Scottish Saltire and a Lion Rampan flag, which they had also been asked to take down. Support for the pub’s actions has also spread through the local community, with more than 500 people signing a petition in protest at the council’s request.

A spokesman for Dumfries and Galloway Council said:

The flagpoles and flags are an inappropriate and unlawful alteration to a Listed Building and detrimental to the wider Conservation Area setting and they should be removed. Officers are also under a duty to report serious breaches of planning control to elected members and the Area Committee may then authorise enforcement action.

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