Kids' party scuppered.
Richard Smith hoisted the flag in the back garden as a treat for five-year-old Morgan's birthday.
But a neighbour complained and the council told Richard he needed planning permission for the skull and crossbones.
Richard, 40, said yesterday: "Morgan's really upset. He doesn't see the point of the party now we're not allowed to fly the Jolly Roger. It was to be the focal point.
"If I had my way, I'd make them all walk the plank."
Morgan wanted a pirate party because he's a big fan of Pirates Of The Caribbean.
At home in Stone, Hampshire, his mum Sharon, 43, added: "It strikes me as very petty. Who would complain about it?"
Impact Richard has now paid pounds 75 to apply for planning permission.
A spokesman for Stafford Borough Council said: "Planning officers will be looking at the impact the flag has on the area.
"A decision is expected by the end of this month."
SCOWL AND CROSSBONES: For Morgan and his dad CATERS
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jun 6, 2007|
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