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Council killjoys ban St George's flag

PUBLISHED: 19:02 27 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010

Parking attendants at a council kiosk have been ordered to stop showing their support for England's World Cup heroes. Since the beginning of the World Cup the two security men at the front of County Hall, in Martineau Lane, have been wearing their matching England hats with pride and had displayed the English flag and an England sticker in their kiosk.

Parking attendants at a council kiosk have been ordered to stop showing their support for England's World Cup heroes.

Since the beginning of the World Cup the two security men at the front of County Hall, in Martineau Lane, have been wearing their matching England hats with pride and had displayed the English flag and an England sticker in their kiosk.

The pair had specially customised their hats - a red butcher's hat and a white baker's hat - with the St George's flag.

But yesterday the men were stripped of their patriotic regalia and a notice was put up on the cubicle apologising if their flags and hats had caused offence.

Norfolk County Council confirmed the security men had been asked to stop wearing hats but stressed it had encouraged support of the England team in many other ways.

Peter Hawes, managing director of Norfolk County Services (NCS), said: “NCS is backing the England team in a number of ways and is hoping England will go all the way to the final in Berlin.

“We are doing this by allowing staff to fly the flag from vehicles if they wish; encouraging schools to provide World Cup menus which have already been enjoyed by many of our schoolchildren and installing a TV in the staff canteen at County Hall.

“In terms of our security staff, the kiosk is sited in a very busy location and it is essential that staff have a clear view of approaching vehicles.

“As we have already demonstrated, we have no problem with staff wishing to fly an England flag - as long as it does not obscure the view of approaching visitors.

“Similarly, we want our security staff to have a professional appearance and to be alert and observant, and we issue a smart uniform to give them authority for this purpose.

“We recognise the passion the World Cup generates and we want our staff to be able to show their support for England in an appropriate fashion.”

Elsewhere, a St George's flag outside a care home in Crostwick was taken down amid fears it would offend people from Ireland and Scotland.


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