Radstock flag protest

Protesters gather near Radstock museum Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Protesters from as far away as Newcastle have been gathering in a Somerset town following reports that the local council had banned the flag of St George. Members of the English Defence League joined residents of Radstock in a demonstration at the flagpole close to the town's museum.

The town council denies voting to ban the flag of St George Credit: ITV News Westcountry

This morning the English flag was flying from the pole after Radstock Town Council borrowed one. In a statement Lesley Mansell, chair of Radstock Town Council, said: " Radstock Town Council wishes to clarify that at no point has a decision been taken to lower the St George's day flag.

"At our April meeting the council was informed that it does not have a Union Jack and a vote was taken and agreed by all to purchase one. The council did not vote to ban the St George's day flag nor any other flag."

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Radstock flag protest

Protestors turned out in the Somerset town of Radstock to protest after the local newspaper reported that the town council had banned the flag of St George. The Council has denied the claims.