Knights wants Bury St Edmunds shops to fly the flag for England during the World Cup
A Bury Town volunteer who is dreaming of former Blues goalkeeper Nick Pope bringing a World Cup winners’ medal back to Ram Meadow has said he is ‘disgusted’ at the lack of support for the national team by town centre businesses and council leaders.
Charlie Knights has been perturbed at the distinct lack of St George’s flags in his hometown of Bury St Edmunds, and hopes highlighting it can rectify what he sees as a crying shame as Gareth Southgate’s team enters the quarter-finals in Russia.
“This is my town and I would expect to see flags in the shops, but I am not surprised by the council,” he said, though St Edmundsbury Borough Council have confirmed they are raising the national flag at West Suffolk House on every day England are playing.
It comes after the Sun newspaper launched a campaign at the end of last week, alongside Tory MP Nick Boles, to back England’s World Cup campaign by raising the flag of St George around Government buildings.
Knights continued: “When I see towns on television they are plastered with flags.
“I said to my daughter ‘does Ipswich have flags?’ and she said ‘yes’.
“It leaves me wondering if I am the only one in Bury who cares about the World Cup!”
The flag of St George can be seen elsewhere in the town, though, with a pair of houses in Moreton Hall’s Kembold Close, which traditionally put up big festive charity displays, proudly displaying England’s colours, including a mock-up pitch and ball.
The Moreton Hall Community Centre is also not to be found wanting, with one for each nation who qualified for Russia on their bar’s ceiling as well as personalised England flags including ones with Ipswich Town and the venue’s initials on.
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