Patriotic family hits back after poison pen letter writer brands their VE Day Union flags 'disgusting' and 'tasteless'

A patriotic family have hit back after a poison pen letter writer branded their VE Day Union flags 'disgusting' and 'tasteless'. 
Nicola and Mark Slater received an anonymous letter after decorating an end-terrace outside their home in Lawley, Shropshire, with bunting and flags to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
The note read: 'The flags are tasteless, oversized, disgusting and you are bringing the area down.'
The couple said they were left 'gobsmacked' by the letter which arrived yesterday - just a day before VE Day - and posted a picture of it on social media.
Nicola and Mark Slater, above, received an anonymous letter after decorating the outside of their home in Lawley, Shropshire, with bunting and flags to mark the 75th VE Day anniversary
Nicola and Mark Slater, above, received an anonymous letter after decorating the outside of their home in Lawley, Shropshire, with bunting and flags to mark the 75th VE Day anniversary
The typed letter, pictured above, branded the flags as 'tasteless' and 'disgusting'. It was signed from 'Local Lawley Residents' and was dated April 24 - but was hand delivered on Thursday
The typed letter, pictured above, branded the flags as 'tasteless' and 'disgusting'. It was signed from 'Local Lawley Residents' and was dated April 24 - but was hand delivered on Thursday
In response, outraged residents threw their support behind the Slaters and decked out their own homes with red, white and blue decorations.
Mother-of-two Nicola, 50, who runs a travel company, said: 'My husband is very patriotic.
'On Saint George's Day he gets suited up, puts on a red rose with hundreds of mates, who put flags up on their houses too.
'We used to live in South Yardley in Birmingham and carried on when we moved here to Lawley seven years ago.
'We also put a flag up when England are playing in the World Cup. For VE Day we put up one with poppies and soldiers on.
'On Thursday morning I came down at half six and my husband showed me the letter. This person had actually pushed it through the letter box.

'I was gobsmacked when I read it - really shocked. I just couldn't believe someone could write that.
'It was not one of our close neighbours because the letter suggests they do not know if we rent or own the place.
'It is not someone who knows us well, but does live round here. I found it so offensive.'
She added: 'How dare he slander my family and how we raise our children, and question whether we are renting the property when like everyone else here we're owners.
'My 12-year-old daughter asked what this was all about. I said it's about remembering people who gave their lives fighting for our freedom. By slandering us it is almost slandering them.
'We are a very patriotic family and because we are close to RAF Cosford we have lots of military neighbours who will be doing the same as us.
The couple pictured holding the letter outside their home in Shropshire. Mark, 45, said: 'I felt disappointed and had questions about whether to live here anymore'
The couple pictured holding the letter outside their home in Shropshire. Mark, 45, said: 'I felt disappointed and had questions about whether to live here anymore'
'Three of them will be putting on their uniforms for the day. The letter says we are apparently bringing the village down and it's disgusting to read that. 
'But the support we have got from the whole village has been amazing. People have been saying they'll put flags up and it has been going ape on social media.'
The letter was signed from 'Local Lawley Residents' and was dated April 24 - but was hand delivered on Thursday.
It said: 'Several residents have raised concerns with the offensive nature of the flags which you have put up in a well respected area.
'This is due disregard for your neighbours, the community and locality.
'If you have a need to express yourself, we suggest this be done with a more discreet flag and one of which is not such an eye sore and depreciates the area.
'We have made a formal complaint to Telford and Wrekin Council and we will escalate and take this further.
'The flags are tasteless, oversized, disgusting and you are bringing the area down.
'We have paid several of thousands of pounds to live in this area, if you are renting, it explains your actions. If you own this house, it is shocking why you would do.
'This is not the first occasion where these flags have been raised - this was apparent during the world cup.
'We request with immediate effect these flags to be taken down - we will take this further.'
Mark, 45, who works in a chocolate packing factory, said: 'When I read the letter I was deflated. I love my country and always put a flag out for Saint George's Day.
'I thought flags and bunting for VE Day would give people a lift and we could have a beer while chatting across the road.
'I felt disappointed and had questions about whether to live here anymore.
'But the amount of support we have had and people knocking on the door saying they're going to put their flags up has made up for it.
'An ex-soldier left me a note with his number and we've been messaging. We said he was grateful we have been supportive of him.
'It has been a surreal day and the whole community has embraced it. What the letter said has spurred us on and galvanised the community.'
He added: 'Some people have been coming up to the house and others beeping their horns as they go past. It has been fantastic.
'I don't know the person who wrote the letter and I don't care.
'Hopefully now they realise they were wrong to criticise us and respect those people who gave their lives for our freedom.'
Patriotic family hits back after poison pen letter writer brands their VE Day Union flags 'disgusting' and 'tasteless' Patriotic family hits back after poison pen letter writer brands their VE Day Union flags 'disgusting' and 'tasteless' Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:13 Rating: 5

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