RAF steps in to fly the flag for residents

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PENSIONERS living in Bury St Edmunds have been able to fly their Union flag at their residential complex after thieves stole the flag earlier this month.

The flag disappeared from Minden Close overnight between Sunday April 8 and the next day. It had been flown at half mast as a mark of respect to a residentwho had died.

RAF Honington has now stepped in and obtained a replacement for the sheltered housing scheme, which is run by Haig Homes.

Squadron Leader Richard Payne, a spokesperson for RAF Honington, said: “RAF Honington receives immense support from the local community and we are very pleased that we were able to help out in this way.”

PCSO Gordon Walker, from the Bury Central Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I was very impressed by how quickly the team at RAF Honington responded to the incident. I know the residents have been very touched by their generosity.”

One resident, Mary Ryan, added: “We’re all thrilled to have the flag back and we’d like to thank RAF Honington for being so kind.

“This is a lovely part of Suffolk and we all enjoy living here. We were so upset when it was stolen.”