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Saltire flag lowering in Shieldhill ‘politically motivated’

The flags at the Shieldhill war memorial which have caused a political row

The flags at the Shieldhill war memorial which have caused a political row

An SNP councillor has accused politically-motivated “vandals” of “defacing” a war memorial in the Braes by lowering a Saltire so the Union flag flies above it.

Mystery surrounds why the Saltire flag pole is now shorter than the Union flag at the war memorial in Shieldhill.

SNP councillor Sandy Turner said a section of the Saltire’s flagpole had been removed, leaving it “significantly reduced in both height and status” by “politically motivated vandals” in a bid to undermine the Yes campaign for Scottish independence.

Mr Turner, a former soldier who served in the armed forces for 34 years, said: “Any attempt to score political points by defacing a war memorial is just not acceptable and insults the memories of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. What is rather sad is the lack of respect shown towards the Scottish national flag, the Cross of St Andrew, by the perpetrators of this politically motivated vandalism.”

Upper Braes Labour councillor John McLuckie said: “There is no political agenda here. The Saltire’s pole was in disrepair and in danger of falling over so it was shortened until a replacement could be found.

“Following complaints the other pole was also shortened to the same height but both will be raised to the former height once replacement poles can be found.”

 

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