Cromwell flag would be wrong

WHILE I believe that a well-placed and well-understood sense of pride in one s country, one s heritage and local community is a good thing, there are too many viewpoints to be argued in a short letter. But should a county that no longer actually exists ha

WHILE I believe that a well-placed and well-understood sense of pride in one's country, one's heritage and local community is a good thing, there are too many viewpoints to be argued in a short letter. But should a county that no longer actually exists have, or indeed be entitled to, a flag?

However, I feel that the portrayal of Oliver Cromwell on the design you put forward is jingoism, and is not likely to extend the sort of welcome you might wish to.

Cromwell was a man of extreme political views. He was a religious fundamentalist of the worst sort, and I would agree that, while some of his actions brought about change for the better, he was also responsible for genocide on a large scale (witness his military incursions into Ireland).

I hope we live in more enlightened times than he did. If we do, then is Oliver Cromwell the sort of role model and hero the people and voters of Huntingdonshire want or deserve? After all, he is not the only historical character of note to come from this corner of England.


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RICHARD STOREY, Owls End, Bury

* I SUPPORT the idea of adopting a county flag. The ancient county of Huntingdonshire is still a valid territory, irrespective of modern administrative changes. Cromwell is perhaps the county's most famous (or notorious) person, but that does not mean he should become its emblem.

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His name and reputation are still very controversial, and it would not be right to embed the future of the county in this controversy. The county is the only one in Britain with "hunting" in its name, and therefore the hunting horn is a most apt emblem.

MARTIN JOHNSON, Warner's Grove, St Ives

* AS Huntingdonshire is an old county in England, should we not have the flag of St George with the arms of the old county of Huntingdonshire as a central feature? This would celebrate Huntingdonshire as a county in England

MARK BARRETT, Clare Road, Hartford

* I MUCH prefer the design of the horn coat of arms by the Huntingdonshire Society.

J BLACKHURST, Ward Close, Bury

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