OLD soldier Norman Fligg has saluted staff at a Huddersfield retail centre - for agreeing to fly the Union flag.
Mr Fligg, 83, of Grosvenor Way, Lepton, wrote to the Examiner under the pen name Ex-Serviceman saying it was a pity that the national emblem had not been seen atop the town's Kingsgate centre.
In response, Kingsgate manager Jonathan Hardy ordered a flag for the centre - and appealed for the letter writer to come forward to help hoist it.
Mr Fligg joined Mr Hardy on the roof of the £50m complex to watch maintenance workers put the flag in place.
Mr Fligg said: "I am very pleased that Mr Hardy has taken up my suggestion. It establishes the fact that we are British and proud of it. It shows what we are about - and that is to attempt to put the `great' back into Britain."
Mr Hardy said: "We always try to listen to what people like and dislike about the centre and Mr Fligg had a valid point.
"We have a Kingsgate flag, but it was more important to people that we fly the Union flag."
Mr Hardy said the flag would fly for Remembrance Day and on other important national occasions.
Mr Fligg joined the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1940.
He was involved in coastal defence duties until 1941 when he shipped out to India.
There, he served with the Royal Armoured Corps and saw action on the Burmese border.
Following the war, he worked at Storthes Hall Hospital, Kirkburton, for 11 years before doing a variety of jobs for textile firm Whitley Willows in Lepton.
REMEMBRANCE SERVICES AND EVENTS ACROSS KIRKLEES
REMEMBRANCE Sunday will be marked by many services throughout Kirklees.
Former servicemen and women are expected to turn out in numerous villages for special parades and services.
And they will be joined by civic dignitaries, including the Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Barbara Allonby.
More memorial services are planned for next Tuesday, November 11, when those who gave their lives in past conflicts will be remembered at the War Memorial in Greenhead Park.
SUNDAY SERVICES November 9, 2003
BATLEY: Procession assembles at Batley Market Place at 10.15am for march-off at 10.35am to Batley War Memorial Gardens for a service at 10.55am. After the service the procession will re-form in Cambridge Street and return to the Town Hall where refreshments will be served.
BIRSTALL: Assemble at 1.45pm Carr Street/Market Street corner, Birstall, for parade at 2pm then a service at St Peter's Church at 2.20pm. Wreaths will be laid at the cenotaph at about 3pm. After the service the procession will not re-form.
DENBY DALE: Service at Holy Trinity Church at 9.30am, followed by short service and wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial, 10.50am for 11 am.
DEWSBURY: Procession assembles at Dewsbury Town Hall at 10am for march-off at 10.10am to Dewsbury Minster for service at 10.30am. After the service the procession will re-form and wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial on Long Causeway. Refreshments will be available in Dewsbury Town Hall for those taking part.
GOLCAR: Parade assembles at Manor Road Junior and Infant School at 9.45am for march-off at 10am. A service will be held at St John's Church at 10.30am, after which the parade will re-form and march via Church Street, Knowl Road, for dismissal at the British Legion HQ, where refreshments will be available. Wreaths to be laid at the War Memorial, Town End en-route to church and during the service. The salute will be taken at The Rose and Crown, Knowl Road.
HECKMONDWIKE: Procession assembles at 11.30am at the top of Station Road for march-off at 11.45am to Green Park, where a service will be held at noon. Wreaths to be laid at Green Park. Procession will not re-form.
HOLMFIRTH: Service to be held at 10.45am in Holy Trinity Parish Church, followed by wreath-laying service at War Memorial (procession Air Training Corps only). Wreath to be laid in church and then taken to War Memorial for ceremony at noon. Refreshments in Holme Valley Hospital after the service.
HUDDERSFIELD: Procession assembles in Ramsden Street at 10.15am for march-off at 10.30am. Service at 10.40am at Huddersfield Parish Church, following which the procession will re-form and the salute will be taken in Market Place on return route. Procession will dismiss in Ramsden Street outside the Town Hall where refreshments will be available.
KIRKBURTON: Service at Parish Church at 10.30am. Wreaths will be laid in church and at the war memorial following the service.
MARSDEN: Assemble at Marsden Royal British Legion at 10.20am for parade at 10.40am to cenotaph in Marsden Park for wreath-laying ceremony and two minutes' silence at 11am. Following the ceremony, the parade will re-form and march to St Bartholomew's Church for remembrance service at about 11.20am, after which it will return via Station Road and Dirker Drive to Royal British Legion HQ for dismissal.
MELTHAM: Assemble in Carlisle Street at 10.25am for march-off at 10.40am to St Bartholomew's Church where a service will be held at 10.45am. Following the service the parade will re-form and the salute will be taken on the library steps prior to dismissal. Wreaths will be laid at the war memorial in the church grounds following the service.
MIRFIELD: Assemble at 2pm in Lowlands Road for march-off at 2.15pm via Station Road and Huddersfield Road for service and wreath-laying at the War Memorial in Ings Grove Park. Following the service the procession will return to Lowlands Road for dismissal. Refreshments will be available in the Fire Station and Mirfield Constitutional Club, St Paul's Road.
SLAITHWAITE: Wreath-laying service at the War Memorial prior to a service in St James's Church at 10am.
SPENBOROUGH: Assemble at Cleckheaton Town Hall at 2.20pm for march-off at 2.35pm. A service will be held at St John's Parish Church at 3pm. Wreaths to be laid at Memorial Park en route to church. Following the service the parade will not re-form.
OTHERS: Sunday services will be held in Stocksbridge, Lepton, Birkenshaw and Almondbury.
Huddersfield: Tuesday, November 11 - Assemble at 10.30am at Greenhead Park bottom gates for service and wreath-laying at 11am at Cenotaph. Access for vehicles available via main gates.
Dewsbury: Tuesday, November 11 - Short service at 11am on Long Causeway.
Mirfield: Friday, November 7. Parade will leave Mirfield Council Offices at 10.45am for a short service at the Garden of Remembrance, situated in the Mirfield Library forecourt, at 11am. After the service tea/coffee and biscuits will be served in Trinity Church Sunday School.