A little piece of old England and if we are not careful we will lose all our rights
Bunting that has fluttered above visitors to a village festival for the past 43 years has been taken down because of "ludicrous" health and safety fears... Old black and white photographs, thought to date back decades, show union flag bunting strung above dozens of villagers marching proudly through the village.
Another, taken on June 9 1907, shows a marching band standing beneath bunting hanging between two buildings....
Leigh Trevitt, 40, a parish councillor who has lived in Hatfield Broad Oak for 15 years said the whole village was furious about the lack of bunting.
Mr Trevitt, the director of a paper company, said: "We use common sense when we put up the bunting. Of course we are concerned about safety, but there has never been any accidents. We are talking about a piece of string with flags on it, nothing heavy, it's ludicrous.
"Our village is a little piece of old England and if we are not careful we will lose all our rights."