Jubilee bunting in Hadleigh banned

TRADITIONAL bunting to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has been banned in Hadleigh – due to health and safety concerns.

Residents and visitors scouring roof tops for flags criss-crossing the town’s High Street will be left disappointed after the town council was forced to veto the idea.

Josephine West, from Friars Road, said: “I contacted the town council and was told it was because of the medieval buildings and that if the bunting was too low someone might get injured.

“We have had bunting up before and this is a wonderful occasion which we should be proud of.”

Brain Riley, a district councillor for the town, said he was bemused by the town council’s stance.

“I’m quite surprised as the jubilee has been 60 years in the making and it seems Hadleigh has been caught out,” said Mr Riley, who lives in Benton Street.

Hadleigh Town Council clerk Carole Bailey said the authority had been informed the bunting was not allowed in the street, which is a conservation area, for fear of the damage it would cause to historic buildings.

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