A former Gulf War veteran who flew a flag of the Union in his own yard was instructed to remove it after a neighbor caused a & # 39; nuisance & # 39; called.
Andrew Smith, 51, installed the flag on a pole in his garden in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, as a tribute to Great Britain after serving six years in the Royal Signals.
But following a complaint from a neighbor on his estate, he says he has received a letter from a property developer who orders him to remove it.
The father of two has so far complied with the notification, but is now fighting back because he is proud to be British.
Smith served in the British army between 1988 and 1994 and saw action during the Gulf War.
Andrew Smith, 51, (left and right, in his yard) installed the flag on a pole in his yard in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, as a tribute to Britain after serving six years in the Royal Signals
He wanted to show his lasting appreciation for queen and country and decided to buy the £ 3 flag from eBay that measures 5ft by 3ft.
But Mr. Smith says a dissatisfied neighbor complained to bosses at Harron Homes, who he said had warned him to take down the flagpole or take legal action.
He said: & # 39; I think it's the flag, because it's the first thing he (the neighbor) mentioned, he said to me: & # 39; I hope you bring the flag down, it is destroying our opinion. & # 39;
& # 39; I don't understand why a Union Jack flag is offensive. Why would you be offended by patriotism?
& # 39; We have become soft and do not want to upset other people, while I have contributed to my country and I am proud to be British.
Mr. Smith's house on the right, with the flag to the left and the neighboring house to the left, which he claims to have complained about & spoil the view & # 39;
& # 39; I went to war for my country. It is something that is close to my heart and every morning I feel like I'm greeting it. We become weak and without a penis. Who should they tell me not to fly the flag? & # 39;
Mr. Smith, now a project manager, moved to the Hucknall property in October last year with his wife Trigania, 28 years old.
The couple previously lived in Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, where Andrew flew the flag for 10 years without incident.
He asked the locals on the Sandlands Park Facebook group in February this year if someone would feel offended if he installed a pole and club flag in his back yard.
Mr. Smith (pictured in his garden with the Union flag moved to the property in Hucknall with his wife Trigania, 28, in October last year
He said he received more than 70 positive comments after he announced that he was going to fly the flag and decided to go ahead, but knocked on the door within a few hours of hanging it from a dissatisfied neighbor.
Mr. Smith said he received more than 70 positive responses and decided to continue, but heard a knock on the door within hours of hanging up a dissatisfied neighbor.
Smith, a project manager, said: “Whatever I drew when I bought the house, I said I should not do anything that would cause nuisance or annoyance.
& # 39; I asked for a Facebook group & # 39; is this going to offend someone, I am proud to serve? & # 39 ;.
& # 39; People said & # 39; go for it. I have 31 love heart emoji & # 39; s, 20 thumbs up and 70 positive responses.
Smith served in the British army between 1988 and 1994 and saw action during the Gulf War. He is pictured here during the conflict that raged from 1990 to 1991
& # 39; Then I got a knock on the door of a neighbor who said: & # 39; We don't like that, are you taking it down? & # 39 ;.
& # 39; They probably knocked on the door for the next three days, but I just ignored it.
& # 39; Then we received a letter from Harron Homes stating that they had been instructed by a lawyer that I had to drop the flagpole because it caused a nuisance.
& # 39; I knocked him down, but I fought back. & # 39;
The flagpole is not a permanent structure and Andrew alternates the union flag with the English flag that he lights up during football and rugby matches.
A Harron Homes spokesperson said: “During our development in Hucknall, we were warned of a complaint from one of the residents about a flagpole in the yard of an adjacent building.
& # 39; The restrictive covenant signed by all homeowners does not allow structures to be placed, ie flagpoles above a certain height, which can be considered annoyance and nuisance to fellow residents.
& # 39; We just asked to remove the pole and flag in accordance with the housing contract, due to a neighbor's complaint.
& # 39; For the avoidance of doubt, this has nothing to do with patriotism or the origin of the flag. & # 39;