Flying flag for heroes

Cleckheaton's 'storm' flag
Cleckheaton's 'storm' flag

A NEW flag could be flying over the town hall in Cleckheaton this week, to the delight of campaigners.

Peter Makin, of Oakenshaw, said the current Union Flag was ‘tiny and tatty’ and not befitting those who had served their country or given their lives in conflict.

He has urged Kirklees Council to provide larger ones in time for November’s Remembrance commemorations.

“When you see these young lads fighting for us, the least we can do is fly a decent size flag which shows our respect for them, and those who have gone before them,” he said.

Town Halls Manager for Kirklees David Roche said the flagpole at the town hall was being inspected to enable it to display a full-size flag.

“We are working hard to get this sorted, but it has got to be done properly,” he said. “There was an incident a few years ago in Dewsbury when the full size flag pulled down part of the flagpole. We need to make sure the pole is fit for purpose.

“A contractor is inspecting it this week and if everything is okay there is no reason why the full size flag should not be in place for November 1, for the month of remembrance. We have to be mindful of prevailing weather conditions, we don’t want a gust of wind catching the big flag and pulling down the pole. That is why the small flags are also called storm flags.”