Thatcher’s funeral flag controversy

Funeral: Margaret Thatcher
Funeral: Margaret Thatcher

Baroness Thatcher’s death has caused controversy across the district - especially after Wakefield Council’s decision not to fly the Town Hall’s union flag at half mast to mark the former prime minister’s funeral due to take place today.

Government guidelines encourage local councils to lower their flags on the funeral days of former prime ministers.

NUM representative and former miner John ‘Chick’ Pickin, 72, of Beech Close, South Elmsall, said he welcomed the decision.

He said: “Thatcher’s legacy and the impact of the miners’ strike on all colliery communities has been devastating and I would be disgusted if the council had decided to lower the flag.

“The time itself was degrading enough without rubbing all our noses in it by marking her funeral.”

See the centenary supplement in this week’s Express for more on the miners’ strike.