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Family allowed to fly pirate flag
The flag on the flagpole
The council said neighbours had complained about the flag
A family who were stopped from flying a Jolly Roger pirate flag at their house for their son's birthday party have now been given planning permission for it.

Richard Smith and Sharon Cooper from Stone in Staffordshire postponed Morgan Smith's sixth birthday to await the outcome of their application.

Permission is required to fly anything other than national flags, a Stafford Borough Council spokesman said.

The couple had to pay 75 for the application.

The couple only found out they had to get permission to fly the flag after complaints from neighbours.

Delighted with outcome

Mr Smith attended a meeting of Stafford Borough Council's planning committee to find out whether they would get permission or not.

He said it seemed silly to have go through the legal process just to put up a flag at a children's party.

"It seems silly, just to put flag up, especially a children's flag.

"But obviously we are delighted with the outcome of it.

"Morgan thinks it is great, and just keeps asking when he can have his party."

The couple have not yet decided on a date.

Pirate birthday sunk by council
08 Jun 07 |  Staffordshire

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