Co-operation on A1 border flag flying

A request has been made to replace the three Saltires with one Saltire, a Union flat and a Berwickshire flag
A request has been made to replace the three Saltires with one Saltire, a Union flat and a Berwickshire flag

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

Berwickshire Area Forum wants the three Saltire flags flying on the north bound lay-by at Lamberton to be replaced by a Saltire, Union flag and a Berwickshire flag based on the county’s Coat of Arms.

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

Councillor 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.

Berwick councillor Gavin Jones, 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 by Foulden, Mordington and Lamberton Community Council. Scottish Borders Council put up the original flagposts and Scottish Transport Minister decide what flags are flown at the border crossing.