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Guildhall will fly the flag over town
11:00am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
FOLLOWING a campaign by Andover resident Liz Ferla Test Valley Borough Council has agreed that the Union Flag should fly routinely on Andover Guildhall and at Beech Hurst in future. The only exception will be on specific flag days, designated by central government, and when twinningpartners visit the borough. When council meetings take place the council flag will fly underneath the Union Flag. Council leader Ian Carr, said: “The council has traditionally followed the guidance from central government about when it should be flown. “However, for the first time ever, I have recently received a request, via an online petition, suggesting that the Union Jack should be flown every day on council buildings, though a simple direct request would have been sufficient. “I thinkthe flying of the flag is a sensible suggestion which I am happy for us to adopt.” One of the reasons Cllr Carr gave for the decision was the links between the town and the British Army which is now headquartered here. Andover’s UKIP county councillor Tony Hooke wants the council to go further. He said: “It is entirely appropriate that Andover’s war memorial should be located in the town centre to recognise that. “To have it moved for the 100th anniversary commemoration of the start of First World War on 28 July, 2014, would be impossible recognising the pace at which our borough council works. “However, it is what the Andover townspeople want to see, and come hell and high water we will have it back in time to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the war in 1918.” Tony Hooke also wants to see the whole of the Guildhall building back in public use. l More than 1,000 votes were cast in an online poll on the Andover Advertiser website in August 2012 with readers voting 57 per cent in favour and 43 per cent against – provided the memorial move was funded by public subscription.
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