War veteran 'ordered' to take down Union Jack flag

Union Jack

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A Gulf War veteran who flew a Union Jack flag in his garden says he has been ordered to take it down after a neighbour complained.

Andrew Smith installed the 5ft-tall flag in his garden as a tribute to Great Britain, after serving six years in the Royal Signals.

The 51-year-old says he has since received a letter from housing developer Harron Homes ordering him to take it down or face legal action.

“I can’t see why a Union Jack flag is offensive. Why would you be offended by patriotism?" Mr Smith said.

“We have become soft and don’t want to upset other people, whereas I have done my bit for my country and I’m proud to be British.

“I went to war for my country. It’s something close to my heart and every morning I feel like saluting it. We are becoming weak and spineless. Who are they to tell me not to fly the flag?”

Project manager Mr Smith says he intermittently switches the Union Jack with the England flag, which he puts up during football and rugby matches.

He added that he had the flag displayed for 10 years in his previous property without incident.

Harron Homes declined to comment.

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