Solution on the horizon after problem is flagged up at Wisbech Town Council offices

PUBLISHED: 10:25 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:14 05 September 2017

A flag outside Wisbech Town Council that flew for one day only until the removed St George's and Union Jack flags are replaced PHOTO: Ian Carter

A flag outside Wisbech Town Council that flew for one day only until the removed St George's and Union Jack flags are replaced PHOTO: Ian Carter

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A battered St George's flag that was labelled an insult to Wisbech has been taken down from the town's council offices thanks to the help of local fire crew.

Former town clerk Erbie Murat criticised the state of St George's flag outside Wisbech council officesFormer town clerk Erbie Murat criticised the state of St George's flag outside Wisbech council offices

Officers climbed up to unravel the flag from where it was stuck around its pole while council staff were able to lower an equally tired and tatty looking Union Jack.

Former town clerk Erbie Murat criticised the state of St George's flag outside Wisbech council officesFormer town clerk Erbie Murat criticised the state of St George's flag outside Wisbech council offices

In the meantime for one day only a red backed flag with a small Union Jack was raised for one day only on September 4 for a special event.

The topic of buying new flags and poles has been put on the agenda for discussion at a town council meeting on September 25.

The flags were lowered after they came under fire from former town clerk Erbie Murat who said: “This is the most dirty, tattered insult to St George that I, as a mere Turk, have seen anywhere in England since 1956, when I, as a little stranger came to this strange land.”

Terry Jordan, Wisbech Town Council clerk, said: “Both flags have now been removed.

“We were able to lower the Union Jack but the fire brigade kindly helped us remove the other one which was wrapped around the pole.”

Council leader Sam Hoy said last month: “I am proposing that the council discusses, at its next meeting, the whole situation, with a view to purchasing robust versions of appropriate flags and the most effective manner in which that could happen”.

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