Date: 26 November 2018
New Union flag for Repatriation Memorial Garden
A specialist flag manufacturing company has donated a new Union flag for
the Repatriation Memorial Garden at Brize Norton.
Newton Newton started providing flags when repatriation
ceremonies were held at Royal Wootton Bassett and continued to
do so when the ceremonies moved to Brize Norton in September
Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member and Armed Forces Champion at
West Oxfordshire District Council said, “Newton Newton has been
most generous with the presentation of flag poles and Union
Flags both at Wotton Bassett and here at our Memorial Garden, to
show support for our fallen troops.
think I speak not only for West Oxfordshire, but for the entire
country, when I offer the company my most sincere thanks for its
act of support and recognition.”
The traditionally-made Union flag is the centrepiece of the Memorial
Garden which plays host to repatriation ceremonies as they travel from
RAF Brize Norton to the John Radcliffe Hospital. The flag is lowered to
half-mast for repatriation ceremonies.
Newton Newton also donated the flag pole for the Repatriation Memorial
Garden at Brize Norton, as well as the one that is at Royal Wootton
Mr Clifford Newton, founder of the company, said, “As a military family,
we are proud to donate to her Majesty’s Armed Forces.”
The Newton family have had military roots since the First World War and
established the business in 1975. They are now the UK’s leading flag
manufacturer supplying flags and ceremonial banners to all branches of
HM Armed services and to national and international government
departments and major corporations.
Photographed taking down the old flag and putting up the new one are
Cllr Norman MacRae (left) with Bill Oddy, Publica Group Manager.
Editors Note: The location of
the Memorial Garden is rightly stated as Brize Norton. See also
the laying up of the first Union Flag in St Britius at