Union flags are being flown across Northumberland in a show of support for continuation of the status quo.
Northumbrland County Council is flying the Union Jack in the county’s major towns and at its border with Scotland, to show its backing for Scotland remaining part of the United Kingdom ahead of its vote on independence next week.
The flag is also, as ever, flying at the authority’s County Hall base in Morpeth, alongside the red and gold colours of Northumberland.
The Union flag was ceremoniously rehoisted there by council leader Grant Davey on Thursday, exactly a week before the referendum.
He said: “Following a meeting with high level politicians in Northumberland regarding the Stay UK campaign, and calls to fly the St Andrew’s Flag, we have decided to show the ultimate wish to remain as united neighbours in harmony across the length of our border with Scotland by flying the Union Jack flag every day until the referendum.
“We value close working relationships with our partners and neighbouring authorities on both sides of the border, and regardless of the outcome of the vote we will continue to work with them for the mutual benefit of all areas.
“But we believe friends should be open with each other. That is why since we strongly believe in unity we will fly the Union flag every day until the referendum to show our neighbours that we want to stay as one.”