A councillor has called for the Scottish flag to be raised at Accrington Town Hall as voters north of the border prepare to head to the polls to vote in the referendum.
Conservative Councillor Peter Britcliffe wants the borough to show its support for keeping the United Kingdom together by raising the St Andrew’s Cross above the town hall building in the lead up to the historic vote on independence.
Coun Britcliffe made the suggestion at a meeting on Hyndburn council on Thursday, September 11.
He said: “I’m quite distressed to think that the United Kingdom could be about to break apart.
“We need to keep Great Britain together, and I feel that we should show our support here in Hyndburn by flying the Saltaire over the next week.”
Leader of the Council Miles Parkinson agreed with Coun Britcliffe’s suggestion.
He said: “I concur with Peter Britcliffe regarding Scotland.
“We wish them to stay within the United Kingdom.”
Chief Executive David Welsby said the council would make an effort to get a Scottish flag to fly above the town hall.
The Scottish vote on independence is due to take place on September 18.
Registered voters will be asked ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’
If they vote yes it could have huge implications for the economy and the UK’s status around the world.
Ninety seven per cent of people in Scotland have registered to vote, with over 100,000 registering in the last month, making it the largest electorate the country has seen for any poll.
The debate on independence has thrown up a lot of questions, such as what currency Scotland would use if voters chose to break away from Great Britain.
Chancellor George Osborne has already said that the UK will not share the pound.