THE FLAG of St George is set to fly proudly above public buildings in Harrogate's Crescent Gardens as the Borough Council gets behind the England football team in its quest for World Cup glory.
We are getting behind our team and are asking all who want to join us to do so. At a time of great patriotism in our sporting achievements, the council will be among the first to hoist the flag of St
Councillor Richard Cooper - Deputy Leader
The matter was raised earlier this week at a meeting of the Council's Cabinet, which also kicked off an amnesty for those who want to show their support by displaying the Cross of St George.
The move comes after complaints from members of the public about some people displaying flags and asking whether they need planning permission.
During the period of the World Cup, the council has announced it will take no action against the display of national flags, or similar non-commercial displays relating to the competition, of whatever size and location so long as they do not harm public safety. Examples of harm to public safety are cited as been where a flag obscures visibility at a junction or traffic lights.
Councillor Richard Cooper, who as Deputy Leader of the council chairs the Cabinet in the Leader's absence, said: "We are getting behind our team and are asking all who want to join us to do so.
"At a time of great patriotism in our sporting achievements, the council will be among the first to hoist the flag of St George. It will fly proudly over the Council Offices as soon as the World Cup begins and we'll keep it flying until we are knocked out or win the tournament.
"It looks like both Rooney and Owen are going to be fit so I'm expecting the flag to be flying for some time perhaps even to the final game."
This is England - there should never be a ban on showing patriotism by flying your national flag...other countries have no problem doing so..so why should we.
Its one of the things this country is missing and if the World Cup helps to instill just a bit thats a great improvement.
Daniel Clarke - Wolverhampton