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Garden flagpole protest.

DISABLED John Gordon has been ordered to remove a flagpole he put up to honour Scots troops in Iraq.

The 52-year-old has flown the Saltire from the 25ft pole in his back garden since March last year.

He said it was to show his pride at the work Scots soldiers are doing in the war zone.

But John, of Ballingry, Fife, received a letter from the local council three weeks ago telling him to take the pole down.

Yesterday, he hit out, saying: 'I am very proud of what our boys are doing over in Iraq. I decided the best way to show my support was to fly the Saltire.'

John said none of his neighbours had complained about the flagpole.

He added: 'I've had the mastup without planning permission.

'The old planning officer was fine about it but the new one told me to get rid of it.

'I'm prepared to take the council all the way over this.'

Suzanne Dryburgh, of Fife Council, said: 'Mr Gordon was asked to remove his flagpole because it wasn't safe and because, as a council tenant, he should have asked permission to erect it, but didn't.

'We want people to enjoy their council homes but there must be limits to what tenants can do.'

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 18, 2004
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