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'Shared' housing area flags turn from UVF to Yuletide

Christmas banners have been erected in the Cantrell Close and Global Cresent developments in east Belfast. Picture by Mal McCann

FESTIVE banners have been placed on lampposts in 'shared' housing developments in Belfast that just a few weeks ago were festooned with loyalist flags.

Cantrell Close and Global Crescent were at the centre of a sectarian row earlier this year after UVF flags were erected in the streets and some Catholic families intimidated out of the area.

The flags were removed last month and now the developments have a more welcoming appearance, with a Christmas tree and Yuletide banners dotted around.

It is understood the decorations were put up by a housing association following community consultation.

Radius Housing Association declined to comment yesterday.

There was widespread condemnation in September after it emerged that four Catholic families in Cantrell Close had been warned they were not welcome in the area because of their religion.

Loyalist flags were later taken down from the estates off the Ravenhill Road, which are part of a multi-million-pound Stormont 'shared communities' strategy.

Flags are replaced by Christmas banners in the Cantrell Close and Global Cresent in east Belfast Picture Mal McCann.

Flags are replaced by Christmas banners in the Cantrell Close and Global Cresent in east Belfast Picture Mal McCann.

Flags are replaced by Christmas banners in the Cantrell Close and Global Cresent in east Belfast Picture Mal McCann.

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