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The giant Union Flag that has dominated Romford Market since the Diamond Jubilee came to a sad end today as it was brought down in tatters after high winds made it a safety hazard.

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Firefighters were called remove the swimming pool sized flag when it was partly ripped from its supports this morning and threatened to pull down the scaffolding behind.

Havering Council raised it in May 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee but the 242 square metre symbol will not be returning.

Fire crew manager Paul Burke, from Romford station, said firefighters had to cut the cloth in half to take it off Tollgate House.

He added: “We managed to climb up the scaffolding and tie lines to it to bring it down but we had to cut it in half.

“It was flapping about wrapped around the scaffolding - it could have pulled the whole lot down.”

The effort took two crews from Romford and Dagenham over two hours after they were called at 10.30am.

The Recorder has asked the council whether it plans to replace the flag.

Will you miss it? Call 0208 477 3821 or email lizzie.dearden@archant.co.uk.

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