Letter of the week: Why not fly the flags for both sides of Hartlepool?

The Commonwealth flag rises either side of Hartlepool Borough Council flags. Our letter writer is advocating a different combination of flags outside the main council buildings.
The Commonwealth flag rises either side of Hartlepool Borough Council flags. Our letter writer is advocating a different combination of flags outside the main council buildings.

Each Monday morning several members of the RASC/RCT Association meet up in a local hostelry for breakfast.

It was noticed that outside of the Civic Centre there are three flagpoles, put there at great expense to Hartlepool council taxpayers, upon which three flags – white pieces of material

displaying the logo of Hartlepool Borough Council – were flying.

I would have thought that the centre flagpole, which is higher than the flagpoles either side of it, would have flown the union flag – the flag that many people living in Hartlepool served

under, fought under and gave their lives for, and a complement to the edifice that stands opposite the Civic Centre.

Or is it the case that the council is of the opinion that flying our national flag may upset someone?

To have the union flag flown from the centre flagpole, with flags bearing the seals of Hartlepool and West Hartlepool either side of it, would show residents of this town that we are all of

one united community within the Borough of Hartlepool.

Edward Powell,

Birchill Gardens,

Hartlepool.