Patriotic Braintree man turns heads with customised mobility scooter

Braintree and Witham Times: Vernon Lawrence and his colourful scooter Vernon Lawrence and his colourful scooter

A patriotic pensioner looks ready for the World Cup as he turns heads in Braintree on his customised mobility scooter.

Vernon “Larry” Lawrence, 80, of High Elms, Braintree, often attracts attention for his scooter decorated with flags and memorabilia from his life.

The widower, who has four children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren said: “I call it my customised scooter. People say they love it, kids come up and say ‘cool mister’ and ‘awesome mister.’

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9:21am Fri 13 Jun 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Good luck Larry - and maybe it’s a good job that you are ‘burning rubber’ in your flag bedecked 'zoom mobile' around the metropolis of the Braintree in Essex – not the other one in Massachusetts!

I just came across the following little gem which deals with the protocol on fixing flags to vehicles in the USA. Fascinating stuff!

‘…Flags are a symbol of pride for any nation. Properly displaying a flag in any situation is important. Understanding the correct way to display a flag can help you avoid the embarrassment of flying it incorrectly.

Proper display of a flag on your vehicle is incredibly simple. Attach it to your radio antenna using tape or string. You can also attach it to your window or your fender. However, this should be done only on the right side of the vehicle, as etiquette dictates that the right side is considered the proper side for flag display. If your antenna is on the left, put your flag on the right fender or window. You should also make sure to take your flag down at night or during the rain. If you wish to fly your flag 24 hours a day, you should shine lights on the flag. While this may seem silly, it is proper etiquette.

Common Mistakes

While it may seem silly to fly your flag only on the right side, this is what etiquette requires. Superstition dictates that the right side is the "good" side while the left side is the "bad" side. While this may be superstition, many people will be offended if you fly your flag on the left side of the vehicle. Also, make sure you tie only the flagstaff to the vehicle and not the flag itself. It is considered improper to allow the flag to touch surfaces, especially the dirty surface of a vehicle. Never ever let your flag get dirty or let it touch the vehicle or the ground. This is considered incredibly disrespectful to your country.

If you do let your flag get dirty or if it touches the ground, the flag must be burned immediately. This is the only way to avoid insulting your country or anyone else…’

So there it is. That's how they do it the 'other side of the pond'.

I’m not sure how your local ‘elf & safety’ lot might feel about you stopping half way along Bank Street to have a little bonfire should one of you flags get a bit of a smudge! However if it ever comes to that, do tip the B&WT off beforehand so that they can get a decent picture. Ha Ha.
Good luck Larry - and maybe it’s a good job that you are ‘burning rubber’ in your flag bedecked 'zoom mobile' around the metropolis of the Braintree in Essex – not the other one in Massachusetts! I just came across the following little gem which deals with the protocol on fixing flags to vehicles in the USA. Fascinating stuff! ‘…Flags are a symbol of pride for any nation. Properly displaying a flag in any situation is important. Understanding the correct way to display a flag can help you avoid the embarrassment of flying it incorrectly. Proper display of a flag on your vehicle is incredibly simple. Attach it to your radio antenna using tape or string. You can also attach it to your window or your fender. However, this should be done only on the right side of the vehicle, as etiquette dictates that the right side is considered the proper side for flag display. If your antenna is on the left, put your flag on the right fender or window. You should also make sure to take your flag down at night or during the rain. If you wish to fly your flag 24 hours a day, you should shine lights on the flag. While this may seem silly, it is proper etiquette. Common Mistakes While it may seem silly to fly your flag only on the right side, this is what etiquette requires. Superstition dictates that the right side is the "good" side while the left side is the "bad" side. While this may be superstition, many people will be offended if you fly your flag on the left side of the vehicle. Also, make sure you tie only the flagstaff to the vehicle and not the flag itself. It is considered improper to allow the flag to touch surfaces, especially the dirty surface of a vehicle. Never ever let your flag get dirty or let it touch the vehicle or the ground. This is considered incredibly disrespectful to your country. If you do let your flag get dirty or if it touches the ground, the flag must be burned immediately. This is the only way to avoid insulting your country or anyone else…’ So there it is. That's how they do it the 'other side of the pond'. I’m not sure how your local ‘elf & safety’ lot might feel about you stopping half way along Bank Street to have a little bonfire should one of you flags get a bit of a smudge! However if it ever comes to that, do tip the B&WT off beforehand so that they can get a decent picture. Ha Ha. OMPITA [Intl]
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