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Wakefield Council will not fly flag at half mast to mark Baroness Thatcher’s funeral

The Union flag flying outside Wakefield Town Hall

The Union flag flying outside Wakefield Town Hall

Wakefield Council said it was acting in line with previous practice by deciding not to fly the town hall flag at half mast to mark Baroness Thatcher’s funeral next week.

The council announced on Tuesday that they would have to lower the flag to half mast, to adhere to government guidelines.

And it created backlash from readers and visitors to the Express Facebook page.

Yesterday the council reversed its decision.

Coun Graham Stokes, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for corporate services, said: “I understand the strength of local feeling on this matter. In keeping with previous practice, notably the funerals of Lord Callaghan and Sir Edward Heath, we will not be lowering the flag on this occasion.”

The government’s national flag protocol dictates that union flags should be lowered to half mast on the funeral days of former prime ministers, as well as First Ministers and members of the Royal family.

Margaret Thatcher, who was the country’s first and only woman prime minister, died on Monday morning following a stroke.

 
 
 

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