There’s something very wrong with the Union Flag that has been flying proud at Gloucestershire County Council’s headquarters for the past few days – and no, it’s not upside down.
Instead, the flag is missing a large, and quite important, section – the red diagonal cross that depicts Northern Ireland.
The council has apologised for what one onlooker described as a ‘faux pas’, having ordered ‘the wrong one’ when its previous Union Flag needed replacing.
One eagle-eyed resident, who spotted the mistake, said: “They have just replaced the very faded tatty and torn Union Flag that has been flying over Shire Hall for the past few months.
“Did they buy it from Ebay?”
The Union Flag is red, white and blue and is symbolic of Great Britain’s diversity, but the flag flying over the Shire Hall offices in Gloucester’s Westgate Street has blank white spaces where ordinarily diagonal flashes of red appear.
The authority said it mistakenly bought the wrong flag after replacing an old one and has now apologised.
A Gloucestershire County Council spokesman said: “We needed to replace our Union Jack and unfortunately the wrong one was ordered.
“In the meantime we have taken the flag down and wish to apologise for any offence that may have been caused.
“The correct flag will be arriving next week.”