THIS WEEK IN 1990: Portsmouth Marines get barracked

jpns 020618 retro''Flag - Karen Moon-Maestri and her father Sidney Moon, 66, show the correct way for the Union Jack to be flown
jpns 020618 retro''Flag - Karen Moon-Maestri and her father Sidney Moon, 66, show the correct way for the Union Jack to be flown
The Coronation all lit up. A passing trolleybus gives it some scale.

NOSTALGIA: When Portsmouth really knew how to push the boat out

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Royal Marines in Portsmouth were dealt a broadside for flying the flag the wrong way up.

Eagle-eyed Karen Moon-Maestri, 34, claimed marines at Eastney Barracks constantly flew the Union fLAG upside down and ignored her complaints.

Mrs Moon-Maestri, of Lidiard Gardens, Eastney, said: ‘At sea an upside down Union Jack indicates distress.

‘On one occasion when I saw it I telephoned the barracks and asked them if they were under siege by the IRA.

‘I got a reply to the effect that if it bothered me so much I should come and raise the flag myself every morning. It stayed upside down all day – rubbing salt in the wound.

‘They shouldn’t do these things in Portsmouth of all places.’