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Council’s Nazi flowerbed gaffe

PUBLISHED: 09:23 09 February 2012 | UPDATED: 11:45 09 February 2012

Swastika Flower Bed.

Swastika Flower Bed.

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RED-FACED council workers have been forced to remove a controversial floral display that has sprung up in the centre of Weston.

The swastika-shaped design was accidentally left on the roundabout next to the station by apologetic North Somerset officers, who dug up the embarrassing blooms some time between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

Originally a busier design, some of the summer’s planting was left in place when workers dug out old flowers, but the remains took a globally-familiar and controversial shape.

The swastika is perhaps most widely recognised as the symbol of the Nazi Party of Germany in 1920.

After dictator Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in the 1930s and during the genocide of millions of Jews, a swastika was incorporated into the Nazi party flag, but has now been outlawed in Germany.

Following a complaint from a member of the public over the flowerbed, the council expressed its shock and said to avoid any offence being caused, the parks and gardens officer had asked for the plants to be removed.

New shrubs will be planted this spring as scheduled.

8 comments

  • Reminds me of the Allo Allo quote by Herr Flick..."i shall not be reporting this to Berlin, i don't want to look a nana"

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    T-Bone

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

  • ...dumb asses...was a symbol of peace and love way before funny moustached guy starting using it!!!...fraser

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    fraserzzz

    Friday, February 10, 2012

  • Maybe the person that complained should do the re-planting themselves seeing as though no one else cares.

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    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Monday, February 13, 2012

  • @ Tonk - Apart from it being in the shape of a swastika?

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    CharlieChalk

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

  • Maybe the person who reported it was flying overhead in a helicopter? Damn that Ap Rees!

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    weston41

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

  • @ Gonetothebeach - I was thinking the same thing.

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    CharlieChalk

    Friday, February 10, 2012

  • Total loser who complained

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    Gonetothebeach

    Friday, February 10, 2012

  • Sorry how does that picture look like a swastika?

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    Tonk

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

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