Newmarket Resident Ordered to Take Down Flags

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By Newmarketppl | Monday, May 07, 2012, 20:57

A Newmarket resident has been ordered to take down union jack flags from his home that he had put up to celebrate the upcoming Diamond Jubilee.

Mr Derek Birch had put up 14 flags outside his flat in Sassoon Close.

However, he soon received a letter from the housing association which asked them to remove them from the property immediately.

Seventy-two-year-old Mr Birch told the Cambridge Evening News that he was disappointed with the decision.

"It's the Jubilee. It's only once in a lifetime. All I wanted to do was to let the flags fly until the end of the Jubilee celebrations and they will come down.

"I was born and bred in this country and live in Newmarket all my life. This isn't the country I was brought up in, I can tell you.

"It's not harming anybody, putting flags out."

Landlords Flagship Housing have reportedly described the number of flags as "excessive".

What do you think? Is 14 too excessive or should Mr Birch be allowed to put up as many flags as he likes? Let us know your thoughts here....

Photographer: Victoria Peckham

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