Great gran gets apology for Royal wedding flags ban at Poplar home

A patriotic great-granny who was told to take down the flags she put up at her sheltered block of flats for the Royal Wedding has received an apology.

Mary Scott fell foul of red tape for hanging up the red-white-and-blue to celebrate Wills and Kate tying the knot on April 29.

The 72-year-old retired pub landlady who needs a wheelchair nowadays was told to remove all 28 flags and buntings at the Shaftesbury Lodge in London’s East End.

But Shaftesbury Housing Association has sent Mary a letter this week saying sorry.

“They said mum should never have been told to take the flags down,” said Mary’s daughter Mary Jarvis, 53. “It was red tape gone mad.”


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The Health & Safety Executive issued a public appeal only the week before urging anyone celebrating the Royal wedding to “challenge those who tell you something can’t be done for health and safety reasons.”

That’s just what Mary’s daughter did when she contacted the East London Advertiser, which led to the apology she says has brought a right royal smile back to her mum’s face.

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