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Letter to the editor

Reader spots British flag faux pas

December 22, 2010 - Dear Editor,

Congratulations to the Clarkston High School Matching Band on the invitation to participate in the Silver Anniversary Parade in London.

The Clarkston News supplement we received in the mail box today is nicely done. HOWEVER, us Brits would appreciate it if the Union Jack in the photo on page 2A was the right way up! The flag is upside down, which is a sign of distress!

At the flag pole end, the one with the eyelets, the broad white diagonal band the white cross of Saint Andrew of Scotland or the background of the flag of Saint Patrick of Ireland should be at the top, above the red diagonal, not below the red diagonal.

Keep up the good work. We know how hard the students in the marching band work as our oldest grand daughter plays tenor sax in the Plymouth-Canton Marching Band, so congratulations to them all, and we know they will have an enjoyable trip. London is a great city.

Michael & Suzanne Royce,

Independence Township

Ed note: Not a difficult mistake to make. A quick Google search turned up a Feb. 3, 2009, BBC story of the British government displaying its own flag upside down during a ceremony involving their prime minister and the Chinese premier.

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