Monday, 21 August 2017

Royal tribute blown off

THE Union flag did not fly from Henley town hall on the anniversary of the Queen’s Accession on Wednesday —because

THE Union flag did not fly from Henley town hall on the anniversary of the Queen’s Accession on Wednesday —because it was too windy.

Henley town clerk Mike Kennedy said the safety of staff had to be taken into consideration.

He said: “To raise the flag from the town hall flagpole involves going on to the roof and in these days of duty of care to employees I have to consider their safety.

“The town sergeant did go on the roof but he took the view that it was too windy. Ordinarily, we do fly the flag.” Mr Kennedy said several people had called into the council offices to ask why the flag was not flying.

A woman who contacted the Standard said she was “very unhappy” to discover the flag was not flying.

She said: “There are certain occasions when the flag should be flying and I think this is one of those days.”

The Queen’s Accession has been selected by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as a designated fixed flag-flying day.

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