UK restaurateur banned from flying Gurkha flag

February 15th, 2008 - 2:24 pm ICT by admin  

London, Feb.15 (ANI): A former Gurkha has been banned from flying his regimental flag above his restaurant.
According to The Sun, Asbahadur Gurung, 70, served 28 years with the British Army and wanted to display his former colours above his eatery called The Gurkha.
Killjoy councillors ruled the green and white insignia was a form of advertising that could distract drivers yet said he was free to run up the flag of any other nation or the European Union.
Asbahadur, a captain whose dad Mambahadur fought with the Gurkhas in World War Two, is outraged by the ruling.
He said: I dont understand. “I thought people would appreciate the flag. I dont want the EUs. I didnt fight for the EU.
Asbahadur opened his diner in Wareham, Dorset, last year and sought permission from Purbeck District Council to fly the Gurkha flag and a Union Jack on two 15 foot poles.
He received no objections from neighbouring residents but his application was refused.
Principal planning officer Alan Davies confirmed the decision, saying: There is already a plethora of advertising signs on the site. (ANI)

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