Ex-serviceman and entertainer Brian Fairfield, 81, found fame when he challenged his neighbors in Hull over the right to fly his Union flag in the garden of his home in Impala Way. Now, his wife Shirley, 69, has kicked him and his flag out of the home they shared at Sanctuary Housing and is appealing to other women to find the courage to leave violent marriages.
She said: "I stood for it, but there is no need for others to do the same. At my age, I might not have much life left, but at least I am going to have one now."
Shirley's husband pleaded guilty to common assault at Hull Magistrates' Court and received a two-year conditional discharge.
Yesterday, District Judge Gillian Charnock-Neal granted a restraining order to "protect" Shirley from Brian after he threatened to return just one day after he was convicted for attacking her.
Shirley, who has suffered two heart attacks and uses a walking frame, claims Brian grabbed her by the throat, pushed her to the ground and trapped her foot under the door after launching himself at her.
To the outside world, Brian was an upstanding member of the community.
He gained widespread support during his flag row earlier this year when neighbors wanted him to take it down. He won his battle and would fly it every day at 10am.
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