The state of the Union Jack flying from the Petersborough town hall in the build up to the Remembrance Sunday commemorations this weekend has caused dismay from War veterans.
The flag, which was flying from the town hall on Saturday, was torn and tattered, a condition blamed by the council officials on the 60mph winds that gusted through the town during the weekend. The council promised a new flag would be flown in time for the official services this Sunday, but the war veterans did not consider this enough.
Ken Harrow, 64, of Orton Malborne – who served for 25 years with tours all over the world – say the council should not have left it until Remembrance Sunday to replace the old flag. He said:
It shouldn’t be like that on any day but to have it like that on Armistice Day is just disgusting. Somebody should have noticed and put up a new one ready for the day. I’m one of many ex-servicemen in Peterborough and it’s little things like this which rub us up the wrong way.
Cath Bennett, local Royal British Legion officer, defended the council’s actions and commented that they worked as quickly as the could to replace the flag.
Nobody is in charge of the weather and you can’t have someone shinning up there every five minutes to replace it. [The council is] very good, once they know something is a problem they tend to deal with it quickly.