Town Hall flag will fly at half mast for Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher

The leader of Calderdale Council announced today that the flag at Halifax Town Hall WILL be flown at half mast tomorrow to mark the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.

Coun Tim Swift announced a U-Turn on the earlier decision not to fly the flag half mast at Halifax Town Hall on Wednesday.

Conservative Coun Stephen Baines had written to Labour Coun Tim Swift to express his disappointment in the decision not to lower the flag as a mark of respect to the late former Tory Prime Minister.

A spokeswoman for the council issued a statement saying: “The Leader of the Council, Coun Tim Swift, has considered advice from the College of Arms and has asked the Governance and Business Committee to update the Council’s protocols to ensure that in future the same policy will be followed on any similar occasion.

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.”

63 per cent of Courier readers who took part in our online poll had said they did not want the flag to be flown at half mast on the day of the funeral, April 17.

Coun Swift had previously issued a statement saying: “I am advised that under the guidance of flying the union flag which Calderdale Council has followed, we do not fly the union flag on the occasion of the funeral of a former Prime Minister unless there is a specific direction issued on behalf of the sovereign.”