Unauthorised Union flags removed from Penzance promenade

The unauthorised Union flags which were raised along Penzance promenade to mark the end of Britain’s union with the EU have been removed.

The 18 flags caused controversy after they were raised, most likely on New Year’s Eve, without permission from Cornwall Council.

Many commenters slammed protocols around the flag after the mayor said they would be taken down, saying the town council should have more important things to worry about. Others remarked that the flags look quite smart, while some readers stated there should be St Piran’s flags being flown, or at the very least a combination of them both.

Earlier today, Penzance mayor Nicole Broadhurst clarified that she was “not offended by our Union Flag and not making any comment on the Brexit debate”.

She wrote on her Penzance Mayor Facebook page: “Our Union flag is not offensive – it represents the whole of the United Kingdom.

“The only issue here is that the flags were put up without any consultation or permission and so they do have to come down.

“The fact that they are the Union Flag has nothing to do with this point. If they were Peppa Pig flags or St Piran flags or EU flags they would still have to come down if no permission had been given for them to be put up. Any flag flown from the poles on the Prom need to have been given permission from the owners of the poles – in this case that is Cornwall Council.

Controversial Union Jacks removed from Penzance prom
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“Some of the comments after my first post seek to divide our community and some of them misrepresent my original statement. All communities have disagreements and we all, in our community, argue amongst ourselves.

“That is a good thing and shows that our community is vibrant, engaged and opinionated. What has been said in some of the comments after my initial post is divisive and division weakens us all particularly in these very difficult times.

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“It is wonderful to see that so many people care so deeply about our community and our home. We should try to use that passion to build a brighter future for Penzance and make our home even better.”

As the picture above shows, the flags were removed earlier today.

There is confusion about who raised them aloft in the first place, but there is speculation it might have been a stunt by pro-Brexit supporters.

Cornwall Live