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Anger over Belfast City Hall royal wedding flag delay - council 'inundated with complaints'

By Jonathan Bell

A Belfast councillor said he was "disgusted" over a delay in hoisting the Union flag above City Hall for the royal wedding.

The council agreed to fly the flag over City Hall on Saturday to mark the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - despite it not being a designated day.

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However, DUP Councillor Dale Pankhurst hit out saying the flag was not flown from the building until "well after" 11am but before the noon start of the ceremony.

He said the council had been "inundated with complaints" before an official attended and raised the flag.

"Given its significance it should’ve been planned for well in advance," he added.

"I have emailed chief executive Suzanne Wylie requesting a meeting at the earliest convenience to ensure this doesn’t repeat itself. Many within the community I represent were extremely angered, and if it wasn’t for the complaints, it is highly possible there would’ve been no flag raised."

The council took the decision in 2012 to limit the amount of times it flies the flag from City Hall to the government approved designated days. The move sparked widespread protests and violence for months, however, smaller and less frequent protests continue to be held.

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A spokesman for the council said the decision to hoist the flag was taken on a cross-community basis.

"Members of Belfast City Council have agreed to fly the Union flag on designated days, following guidance from the Department of Culture Sports and Media," he said.

Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party.
Charlie Butler, Gregg Clarke, William Humphrey MLA, Gareth McKeown Stephen Paul and Ryan McMinn. Pic: Freddie Parkinson Presseye
Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Charlie Butler, Gregg Clarke, William Humphrey MLA, Gareth McKeown Stephen Paul and Ryan McMinn. Pic: Freddie Parkinson Presseye
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Little Ariyah Martin only 4 weeks old and her Uncle William Humphrey M L A, Harper McMinn, Reeva Townsley, Miley Smith and Alayna Orr.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Taylor Miscandlon andLittle Ariyah Martin only 4 weeks old and her Uncle William Humphrey M L A
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Little Ariyah Martin only 4 weeks old and her Uncle William Humphrey M L A
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Cathy Lundy enjoys the sun and party
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Cathy Lundy enjoys the sun and party
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Ellen Whyte (5) and Sofia Nesbitt (4)
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Alayna Orr (3), Maddox (5) and Sonni (3) Tahiri
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Lexi Watson (5) and Cassie Douglas (3) wearing their party dresses made by Mum Nicole.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Karson Fluke (2)
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Kirsty Maclure and Zara Fleck (4)
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Paige Irvine (Centre) with twins Faith and Gracey McMullan (3)
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 The Little Beauty Lounge, Crumlin Road, Belfast Prosecco and Strawberries at the party for Emma Moore, Jade Hamill, Lauren Williamson and Kelly Crawford
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 Linfield Supporters Social Club, 1 Jumna Street, Belfast. Community First Wedding Party. Paige Irvine (Centre) with twins Faith and Gracey McMullan (3)
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 The Little Beauty Lounge, Crumlin Road, Belfast Prosecco and Strawberries at the party for Emma Moore, Jade Hamill, Lauren Williamson and Kelly Crawford
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 The Little Beauty Lounge, Crumlin Road, Belfast Jade Hamill handing out the Tea Cakes for the Wedding Party.
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Saturday 19 May 2018 The Little Beauty Lounge, Crumlin Road, Belfast Jade Hamill handing out the Tea Cakes for the Wedding Party.

"May 19 is not a designated day, however following requests from some Members of Council  yesterday (Saturday May 19) cross-party support was sought and agreed to fly the flag to mark the Royal Wedding. Staff ensured the flag was flying from before the Royal Wedding ceremony began."

DUP Belfast City councillor Dale Pankhurst.
DUP Belfast City councillor Dale Pankhurst.
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and US actress Meghan Markle (R) stand together at the altar in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Dominic LipinskiDOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and US actress Meghan Markle (R) stand together at the altar in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Dominic LipinskiDOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding service. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Prince Harry places the wedding ring on the finger of Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Prince Harry places the wedding ring on the finger of Meghan Markle during their wedding service in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge (front) arrives with the bridesmaids at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) removes the veil of US actress Meghan Markle (L) as they stand at the altar together before Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (C) in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Owen HumphreysOWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrived accompanied by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during their wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding service. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
US actress Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Alastair GrantALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding service. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: (L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall take their seats at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Harry (right) and his best man, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge take their seats at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: (L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank take their seats at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Princess Anne, Princess Royal talks to Prince Andrew, Duke of York (back to camera) as she sits alongside Sir Timothy Laurences at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: (L-R) Princess Beatrice (left), Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank take their seats at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Andrew, Duke of York takes his seats at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Prince Edward and Sophie the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn take their seats at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: (L-R) Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor take their seats at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Jack Brooksbank and Emilie van Cutsem (centre) take their seats at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during her wedding to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (C) and US actress Meghan Markle (R) stand together at the altar in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Dominic LipinskiDOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry watched by (middle row from left) Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn, Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, Princess Royal, Sir Tim Laurence, (front row from left) Duke of Cambridge, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall Duchess of Cambridge, Duke of York. . PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Daisy Jenks and Benedict Mulroney take their seats in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry's niece and bridesmaid Princess Charlotte arrives for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Chris JacksonCHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and US actress Meghan Markle (R) stand together at the altar in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Dominic LipinskiDOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images
Meghan Markle and her bridal walk down the aisle of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: (Left to right, back row)) George Clooney, Amal Clooney, Silver Tree and Abraham Levy take their seats in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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