A1 flags plan to be discussed by county council

Plans for a more co-ordinated approach to flag flying at the A1 border crossing have received the support of a Berwick councillor.

Friday, 11th November 2016, 8:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:01 pm
The Scottish Saltire flying at the Scottish Border with England on the A1.

The Berwickshire Area Forum has called for the three Saltire flags flying on the northbound lay-by at Lamberton to be replaced by a Saltire, Union flag and a Berwickshire flag.

This would mirror the Union flag, cross of St George and Northumberland flag which is flown on the southbound side of the dual carriageway.

Cllr Michael Cook, chairman of the area forum, has written to Northumberland County Council seeking its support for a more co-ordinated flag-flying approach.

It is due to be discussed by members of the council’s north area committee when it meets in Alnwick on Monday night.

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Cllr Gavin Jones, member for Berwick North, said: “This is something I’m keen to support – cross border co-operation, along with realising the tourism potential of the border story and identity is a good news story for Northumberland and Berwickshire.”

The initial request to change the flags on the Scottish side was made more than a year ago by Foulden, Mordington and Lamberton Community Council.

Although Scottish Borders Council had been responsible for putting up the original three flagposts, it is now the Scottish Transport Minister who decides what flags are flown on the border crossing.

The change came about when the Scottish Executive did work on the entry points to Scotland.

At Lamberton, that work included placing a stone at the lay-by, where tourists now stop to get their pictures taken standing next to it, and the large welcome to Scotland sign (in English and Gaelic).

Berwickshire doesn’t as yet have its own flag so now they are going to have to come up with what to put on a possible local flag, with the Berwickshire coat of arms – which features the chained bear and the tree symbol – being the most popular choice of the area forum.