The flying of a Pride flag rather than the Union Flag on Hereford’s Town Hall on the D-Day anniversary last Thursday (June 6) was not an accident, according to the city council which occupies part of the building.

Recently appointed town clerk Karen Davis said Herefordshire Council, which owns the building, “had decided to raise the Union Jack on Shire Hall and the Pride flag at the Town Hall”.

“I have absolutely no idea why they made that decision, and they certainly did not consult with Hereford City Council about this plan,” she said.


“Having received a phone call about this, I personally raised it as an issue and requested that it be addressed by raising the Union Jack in place of the Pride flag as soon as was possible,” she explained.

“I understand that the contractors were on site shortly thereafter and this was resolved.”

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Herefordshire Council said it had been “unable to raise the Union Flag at Hereford Town Hall until lunchtime”, but it will now remain flying there until Saturday June 15, the King’s official birthday.


Ms Davis also addressed the relatively low-key marking of the anniversary in the city, saying: “I was surprised that there was no event planned in Hereford.”

The city council had been told by the local Royal British Legion branch that many of their main officers were attending a two-day commemoration in Portsmouth, then the main county event in Ledbury, followed by the beacon lighting at Ross-on Wye, Ms Davis explained.

Forces’ ceremonial events are rotated between the city and market towns, meaning Hereford will host the traditional flag-raising in High Town on June 24 as part of Armed Forces week, while Bromyard will hold the main parade on Saturday June 29, she added.