Norwich pub is proud to lead the way in flying Norfolk flag

PUBLISHED: 18:38 14 November 2011

Norwich publican Tiny Little flying the flag for Norfolk outside the Alexandra Tavern on Stafford Street. Photo : SteveAdams

Norwich publican Tiny Little flying the flag for Norfolk outside the Alexandra Tavern on Stafford Street. Photo : SteveAdams

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It was an idea that came to pub landlord Tiny Little during a trip to Falmouth when he noticed the St Piran flag of Cornwall being flown everywhere.

“I wondered if there was a Norfolk flag and when I came home I looked it up on Google – and to my amazement I found one,” he said.

Tiny, 55, who has run the Alexandra Tavern, in Stafford Street, Norwich, since leaving the Royal Navy 25 years ago, confessed that although he was born and bred in the Lake District, he had developed a strong allegiance to Norfolk since settling here.

Immediately resolving to have the red, yellow, blue and white flag fluttering from the wall of his pub, he found a flag maker in Lawson Road to stitch one.

He said: “It is derived from the Norfolk County Council crest, but in the two months I have been flying it most of my customers have said, ‘what is it? I did not know we had a Norfolk flag’.”

Tiny, who stole the limelight in 2005 when he rowed across the Atlantic to raise money for the Davenport Trust, a local charity raising awareness of depression in young people, said the Alexandra Tavern’s sister pub, the Coach and Horses, in Thorpe Road, was also flying the flag.

He said: “A radio phone-in last week established that there are two or three private houses also flying it.

“But it would be great to see a lot more people take up the idea and hoist Norfolk’s very own flag.

“Companies and places with Norfolk in the name ought to consider it.”

Tiny said although it was expensive to have a flag hand-sewn, it was relatively cheap to have one printed.

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  • They fly it at County Hall, if they can do it , we should be able to as well.

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    Tuesday, November 15, 2011

  • This is an excellent initiative. The Norfolk county standard was flown outside the headquarters of the Dept for Communities and Local Government in Victoria St, London throughout the week commencing 21 February 2011. Perhaps we should designate Trafalgar Day [21 October] as Norfolk Day and fly the flag throughout the county on all landmark buildings and encourage others to do so as well. Horatio Nelson was indisputably Norfolk's most illustrious son and our nation's pre-eminent miltary hero. He gave one arm, one eye, and ultimately his life in the battle of Trafalgar and is the inspiration for us all. He also stands permanently on high above central Londonand we should fly our flag proudly to honour our county and this great man. He is quoted as saying "I am a Norfolk man and glory in being so". Not perhaps his most famous line but worthy of our tribute nonetheless.

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    Monday, November 14, 2011

  • That is not a Norfolk flag as Norfolk doesn't have a flag, it's a layout of the Norfolk coat of arms which Norfolk County Council use and who would want to advertise them ?

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    John L Norton

    Monday, November 14, 2011

  • What makes me think that the council thugs will be round to demand removal of the flag as they would "deem" it to be advertising ?

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    Monday, November 14, 2011

  • Tiny Little has,nt been in Norwich long enough to fly a local flag ! why he has,nt even got a passport yet !

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    Albert Cooper

    Monday, November 14, 2011

  • Does he have planning permission to fly it? Is it an advert advertising Norfolk?

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    City Boy

    Monday, November 14, 2011

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