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Swansea man ordered to remove Union flag from his home

By SWEPAlex  |  Posted: June 19, 2013

Josh Wren, whose father served in the Falklands and Northern Ireland, has been ordered to remove his flag supporting the aremed forces from his home

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A SWANSEA man told by his landlords he would have to take down a flag supporting the Armed Forces has demanded an apology.

Josh Wren, 26, said he was left disgusted following a visit from a Coastal Housing officer who told him he had to take down the official Armed Forces Day flag from the balcony of his property in Cwm Road, Hafod.

The chef, who hails from Northern Ireland, said he wasn't told why it had to be removed.

A spokeswoman for Coastal said they had received nocomplaint over the item but they consider it inappropriate to have a flag on a building for a period of time.

Mr Wren said: "My father served for more than 20 years, in Northern Ireland and the Falklands.

"I had a knock at the door on Tuesday and it was a housing officer.

"I thought it was quite strange, as I hadn't had any issues with Coastal since I have been living here for the past four years.

"All she said was that it needs to come down. I asked why and she said it just needs to. She didn't mention there had been a complaint oranything.

"I was more disgusted than shocked about it. Being an Ulsterman and with my father being in the forces, it is part of my culture.

"It is still up at the moment, and I have refused to take it down. I even put it up last year and there was no issue.

"I would like some sort of apology. It's like asking someone to take down their Christmas lights.

"I don't think it's offensive. Whether you agree with recent wars or not, you can show support. They are doing their jobs, people's children are dying."

A spokeswoman for Coastal said: "We understand that Mr Wren wishes to display a flag for a day to show his support for a cause that is clearly very important to him.

"We have no complaint about him displaying the flag on his balcony on Armed Forces Day.

"However, we consider it inappropriate to have a flag flying on the building for an extended period.

"Other people may also wish to display flags for causes or organisations that they support and this would affect the appearance of the building. It may also displease other residents.

"We always aim to do what we can to accommodate residents' wishes and hope to reach agreement with Mr Wren so that he may fly the Armed Forces Flag on the appropriate day."

Armed Forces Day will take place on Saturday, June 29.

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  June 21 2013, 9:32PM

    Thank you for the link XWAFU. I assume that similar regulations are in force in Wales. Can someone please tell me where, apart from the headline, it says that Mr Wren has been told to remove the Union Flag? The Evening Post is warmongering. XWAFU's link actually lists the Armed Forces Day Flag as one that does not need permissions, so Coastal is certainly on dodgy ground.

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  • Spideyjonesy  |  June 21 2013, 4:16PM

    As an ex service man I find it appalling in our own country we are told we cannot fly our own flag or show a message of support for our troops coastal housing stance is appalling and we should all make our feelings known to them well done josh i'm with you 100%

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  • XWAFU  |  June 20 2013, 10:00PM

    https://http://tinyurl.com/mmlpstd Please read and digest. Thank you :0)

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  June 20 2013, 9:56PM

    Please read the piece carefully. Mr Wren is not being told to take down the Union Flag, he is being told to take down the banner supporting Armed Forces Day. As it happens I disagree with that course of action as well, I certainly do not think that displaying the banner is anything but reasonable. I feel that by writing the story as it has, the Evening Post is deliberately inviting posts which are bordering on the illegal. Yesterday there was a similar article concerning this self same controversy. I and another gentleman pointed out that the Union Flag was not the cause for concern even though the Post intimated that it was. That story has been removed and is no longer accessible. I consider the way that this story has been handled is a deliberate attempt at causing racial disharmony and I hope that the Newspaper Watchdog is made aware.

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  • rubyagund  |  June 20 2013, 8:04PM

    We've been having the same prolems here in America.To me surrendering my flag would be the same as surrendering my country. I would fight to the death before I would do either one. Stay strong Josh, stay strong!

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  • Sidney0942  |  June 20 2013, 7:13PM

    You stick with it SwanseaJosh. You have all our support.

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  • swanseajosh  |  June 20 2013, 7:06PM

    Thank you all for your kind words of support. I have issues that affect my daily life,and this has not helped me at all. I have to justify my pride for being born British. I am proud of Northern Ireland and the rest of the country. Its your kind words of encouragement that keep me going strong. THANKS ALL

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  • patmckenzie9  |  June 20 2013, 5:53PM

    How can our flag be offensive,however long you fly it for?What,s the old saying,"If you are offended by our flag,the nearest port or airport are in the phone book"

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  • odinhouse  |  June 20 2013, 3:57PM

    What i would like to know is what would happen is it was a Welsh flag up there. . would '' Coastal '' then be telling him to remove it, just think what would then happen - the Welsh Nationalists with the ( Free Wales Army ) would be down there and on them like a Ton of Bricks,..? its a UK Flag so Respect what the guy is Doing...... for the armed Forces ,

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  • Sickened101  |  June 20 2013, 1:51PM

    Its completely stupid.......i mean really, you arn't allowed to fly a british flag in britain, ...... but its britain, its what the flag represents.... Its just crazy, the whole country is going down the drain to political correctness.... We are more or less being told that we are not allowed to show our pride in Britain anymore ....Well why the hell not???? Because of the people it might offend..... ???? Well if the british flag offends a person then Britian offends the person to because the flag is the lable on the tin so to speak..... So why are they even hear??? Why are they even allowed to be hear???

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