Councillor defends flying Union Jack outside Flint Castle instead of Welsh flag
A councillor has defended flying the Union Jack outside Flint Castle instead of the Welsh flag.
Cllr Vicky Perfect, who is also the castle’s Keeper of the Keys, has responded to an online backlash after Wales’ flag was replaced in front of the historic building.
She argued that online reaction had been “strange” because of Flint Castle’s historic links with the Royal Welch Fusiliers, whose 5th Battalion used to be headquartered at the site.
The Red Dragon has proudly fluttered over Flint Castle since St David’s Day 2016, but Union flag was used for Armistice Day.
When he saw this, Welsh independence supporter Paul Stevenson, hit out at Cadw, which is responsible for the castle, following the switch.
He shared a photo on social media of a Union Jack being flown on a flag pole outside the castle.
He has also asked the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, to explain why Wales’ flag was removed and replaced, and if the change will be a “permanent” one.
Flint Castle was the first of a series of castles built during a campaign by King Edward I’s of England to conquer Wales.
The chain of fortresses designed to encircle the north of Wales and oppress the Welsh would later become known as Edward I’s “Iron Ring”.
Cllr Perfect, who also sits on Flint Town Council, told North Wales Live: “If you went there today you will have seen there is no flag flying at all.
“The union flag was taken down this morning. The Welsh flag hasn’t yet been raised again as it had been battered by the weather, having been up all year.
“We’re just waiting for Cadw to send a replacement.”
‘The whole country’
She added: “It wasn’t just people from Flint who lost their lives during the two wars. It was the whole of the country (of the UK).
“Therefore it’s only right that we should honour all of the fallen, regardless of whether or not they came from Wales.”
The replacement of the Welsh flag resulted in an online backlash.
Can anyone at @cadwwales explain why the Welsh flag has been removed from @Flint_Castle and replaced by the Union Jack?
Will this be a permanent change? @FlintshireChron @DeesideDotCom pic.twitter.com/vbwtc5dQwQ
— Paul Stevenson (@paulste1957) November 22, 2021
Mark Henry told Cadw: “obviously you’re oblivious to the history of these castles if you’re willing to fly this instead of our national flag. Absolute disgrace.”
Here they go again, trying to force feed us a flag that WE ARE NOT even represented on.
🏴 This is our flag. You're welcome to use both, but you can't leave our flag down. #Annibyniaeth #IndyWales https://t.co/MUcGY5j1IM
— YesTreffynnon (@Yes_Holywell) November 22, 2021
Flintshire councillor David John Healey said: “Rather than reinforce unity this will spawn a nationalist reaction.”
Pro-independence campaign group YesCymru said: “@cadwwales falling in line with government policy? Shame.”
Another person added: “I thought Wales was going to be spared from the Tory flag-sh***ing agenda on account of Wales having a devolved Government. Has Westminster taken control of Cadw then?”
A Welsh Government spokesperson told Nation.Cymru: “The Union flag was used for Armistice Day and is being taken down today. The Welsh flag which usually flies at Flint Castle has been weather damaged and is being replaced. ”