Union Jack frustration

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I AM getting more and more frustrated at the amount of people who, I think, are genuinely patriotic but do not know which way is “UP” on the Union Flag.

The flag is made up of the cross of St Andrew overlaid with the crosses of St Patrick and St George.

The Union Flag “or Jack”, after King James 1, is normally looked at, or drawn, with the flagpole on the left-hand side.

On this side the cross of St Patrick is on the lower part of the St Andrew’s cross, reversed to the upper side on the right-hand side of the flag.

Flown upside down the flag could be seen as a distress signal, as was the case in some campaigns of battle during the Boer War.

MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN

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