Bristol's Union scaffold flag is reinstated after public outcry
THE image of the Union Flag is back up in Bristol city centre.
It was reinstated outside Colston Tower yesterday after a swell of opinion from people who thought it should never have been taken down in the first place.
As reported in the Post last week, workers from Pocock Safety Netting and Advanced Scaffolding wanted to show their support for team GB during the Olympics and Paralympics by putting up red, white and blue safety netting outside the well-known city centre building, which is being refurbished.
But once they had made the patriotic gesture they were told by CW Duke, which is carrying out the refurbishment, to take it down because they had not got permission to use the three colours of netting.
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Bristolians told the Post in person and on-line that they would have been proud to see the Union Flag stay in place.
And yesterday we revealed that Colston Tower's owners had decided to have the patriotic mesh put back up. True to their word, it is now in place once again.
Students Hannah Miller, 17, and Eliza Hirst, 17, were glad to see the red, white and blue return.
"I pass it every day on the way to college and I think it looks great," said Eliza. "I read in the Post that it had to be taken down, which was a massive shame. I'm really happy it's back."
The building is owned by Ellandi and Development Securities, who asked CW Duke to liaise with the scaffolders.
CW Duke's managing director Paul Evans said the company was "delighted" to reinstate the flag "in response to public opinion".
He added: "We would like to reiterate that this was never intended as an unpatriotic gesture."