Halifax Town Hall flag lowered ahead of Baroness Thatcher’s funeral

Flag flys at half mast on Halifax Town Hall.

Flag flys at half mast on Halifax Town Hall.

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Halifax’s Town Hall flag has been lowered in a mark of respect to Baroness Margaret Thatcher whose funeral is taking place at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, today.

After much controversy over whether or not to fly the Town Hall flag in memory of the former Tory Prime Minister, Calderdale’s Labour leader Coun Tim Swift announced that the flag would fly at half mast.

Coun Swift said: “I believe the council should have a clear set of rules about how we mark the funerals of public figures. I would not want to see a situation where political choices were being made about whether the passing of a specific individual should be honoured in this way.”

Thousands are expected to line the streets today to witness the funeral procession of the former Tory Prime Minister who led Government from 1979-90.

The funeral is reported to cost the tax-payer £10 million.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Today’s ceremonial funeral is a fitting tribute to a great Prime Minister, respected around the world.”