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News: UK

Thu 20 Jan, 2011
By Sam Bristowe


I don't mind doing the display but I think the flag would make a bolder statement

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A Retford councillor has lost out on his appeal to have the rainbow flag proudly flying from the Bassetlaw town hall mast in marking of the annual LGBT History Month which takes place in February of each year.


The local council rejected the request made by councillor Ian Campbell, who is also the Mayor of Retford, as they have a strict policy of not accepting any proposals to fly any flags irrelevant of the purpose behind the proposal.

However, the council offered Campbell the chance to have an internal display within the Town Hall to help raise awareness for the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

According to ThisIsRetford, a council spokesperson said: "Bassetlaw District Council has protocols in place that govern the flying of flags and types of flag flown from our official buildings.



"We receive many requests during the year to fly a number of various flags and it would not be possible to accommodate all these requests. Therefore to avoid setting a precedent, these are always declined.

"However, we would be very happy to work with Councilor Campbell to celebrate the lives and achievements of the LGBT community at both the Retford and Worksop One Stop Shops."

Mr. Campbell’s, 23, was elected as UK’s youngest Mayor back in 2010, also expressed his anger at the decision not to fly the flag: "I'm very disappointed in the council's decision.

"I don't mind doing the display but I think the flag would make a bolder statement.

"It's embarrassing and it won't be the last they hear of it."

Back in 2009 Campbell was voted as Nottingham’s Young Person of the Year for all his hard work to tackle homophobic bullying in the area.

 

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