It's all right Jack – Union Flag will be back
THE owners of Colston Tower have bowed to public opinion and promised to reinstate the Union Flag that was taken down after only a few hours.
As reported in the Post last week, patriotic 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 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.
Members of the public have told the Post they would have been proud to see the Union Flag stay in place. And online readers left numerous comments on thisisbristol.co.uk , bemused that it had to be taken down.
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Now Colston Tower's owners, who were not consulted about the flag going up or being taken down, have promised to bring it back.
Mark Robinson, co-founder of Ellandi, which co-owns the building, said: "We weren't aware of the story involving the Union Flag until it had been taken down. Development Securities and Ellandi – to reflect our support for Team GB in jubilee year and following clear public opinion – will be asking the contractors to liaise with the scaffolders to reinstate the flag as soon as is practical.
"We also look forward to revealing the much-improved facade of this Bristol landmark later in the year."
CW Duke's managing director Paul Evans said: "We are delighted to report that in response to public opinion we intend to reinstate the Union Flag on Colston Tower as soon as possible and would like to reiterate that this was never intended as an unpatriotic gesture. We unreservedly apologise if it has been taken as such by members of the public."
Among the comments on thisisbristol.co.uk was one from "cantcope", who said: "Grant retrospective permission and leave it up, it looks great!"