Marching in heels: Town mayor causes outcry by wearing 'disrespectful' Union Flag shoes to army paradeFurious onlookers said the flag should only touch the ground in the presence of the monarch
16:39 GMT, 23 May 2012
A town mayor has faced angry calls to resign after the Union Flag high heels she wore to an army parade were described as 'disrespectful' and 'a travesty'.
Councillor Trudy Offer insisted she had chosen the distinctive shoes for the military event in Warwick to show her patriotism.
But offended onlookers pointed out that the flag is only allowed to touch the ground in the presence of the British monarch.
Trooping the colour: Lady Mayoress of Warwick Trudy Offer was told her applique Union Flag shoes were 'a travesty'
'Disrespectful': Onlookers said the mayor was effectively 'wiping her feet' on the United Kingdom's flag
Councillor Offer today hit back at her detractors, claiming the colourful applique shoes were her 'trademark'.
'I will be wearing those shoes again,' she said. 'It’s not like I’m burning the flag. I bought them two-and-a-half years ago and have worn them at many military events.
'I had never, ever received any complaints about the shoes, only comments of admiration.
'Everyone says how great they are wherever I go. They’ve become something of my trademark for me.
'I’ve worn them to Remembrance Sunday services before and members of the Royal British Legion said my shoes were fantastic.
'I wear the shoes out of patriotism. I won't be throwing them out.'
But her fashionable footwear outraged several bystanders who watched 200 troops from Marlborough Barracks accepting the freedom of Warwick last Friday.
Style queen: Councillor Offer insisted the shoes were her 'trademark' and that most people loved them
The angry spectators, who cheered on the soldiers at the grand event, have now demanded the mayor be stripped of her title.
In an email to Warwick Town Council entitled 'A travesty', disgruntled Judith Sutcliffe expressed fury at the mayor’s footwear.
She wrote: 'She [the Mayor] was wearing shoes which were decorated to resemble the Union Flag.
'The Union Flag is never allowed to touch the ground other than in the presence of the British Sovereign.
'A politician in the robes of office of the Mayor of Warwick, listening to the same address, was wearing a facsimile of “the flag” on her feet.
'Out of respect for the troops of our country, both living and dead I demand that the Mayor of Warwick resigns.'
Lee Pallister, 30, also from Warwick, was also unhappy at the mayor’s choice of shoes for the parade.
He added: 'It’s like wiping your feet on the Union Jack really, isn’t it'