Flag flying in West Suffolk

Union and/or borough flags will be flown from public buildings from 8am to sunset on the dates shown below. Unless otherwise stated, the Union flag will be flown.


Day Date Occasion
Tuesday 9 January Birthday of the Duchess of Cambridge (1982)
Saturday 20 January Birthday of the Countess of Wessex
Tuesday 6 February Her Majesty’s Accession (1952)


19 February Birthday of the Duke of York (1960)
Saturday 10 March Birthday of the Earl of Wessex
Monday 12 March

Commonwealth Day (2nd Monday in March)

Saturday 21 April Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen (1926)
Monday 23 April St George’s Day (Cross of St George)
Wednesday 9 May Europe Day (European Union Flag)
Thursday 17 May International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)
Thursday 17 May Mayor Making (Borough Flag at Athenaeum only)
  18-27  May Bury Festival (Borough Flag at Athenaeum only)
Saturday 2 June Coronation Day
Saturday 9 June Official Celebration of Queen’s Birthday
Sunday 10 June Birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh
Monday 25 June BSE Armed Forces Day Flag raising on Angel Hill at 10.30am and Haverhill Plaza at 2.30pm
Thursday 21 June Birthday of the Duke of Cambridge (1982)
Saturday 30 June

Armed Forces Day

Tuesday 17 July Birthday of the Duchess of Cornwall
Wednesday 15 August Birthday of the Princess Royal
Monday 3 September Merchant Navy Day (Red Ensign flag)
Sunday 16 September Battle of Britain Day and Commemoration Sunday
Sunday 7 October Harvest Festival (Borough Flag)
Saturday 10 November Remembrance Service, Rose Garden, Abbey Gardens                          


11 November Remembrance Sunday (nearest Sunday to 11th) 
10.30am  Service at War Memorial, Angel Hill.

11.30am  Services and parades, Bury St Edmunds


Wednesday 14 November Birthday of the Prince of Wales (1948)
Tuesday 20 November St Edmunds Day (Borough Flag)
Tuesday 20 November

Her Majesty’s Wedding Day (1947)

Tuesday 20 November Transgender Remembrance Day

General notes on flying flags

St George's Day (23 April)

Where a building has more than one flag pole, the Cross of St George may be flown in addition to the Union Flag, but not in a superior position.

Europe Day (9 May)

Where the European flag is flown on this day, the Union flag should fly alongside it. On government buildings which only have one flagstaff, the Union flag should take precedence.

Remembrance Sunday (nearest Sunday to 11 November)

Flags should be flown at full mast all day.

Special occasions and special flags

The flying of flags on other occasions and in positions other than 'full mast', and the buildings from which they are flown, will be notified by the Chief Executive.

Flying at half-mast

A flag to be flown at half-mast will be hoisted close up and then lowered to half-mast. At sunset the flag will be hoisted to close up and then lowered. The correct position for half-mast is for the flag to be flown two thirds up between the top and bottom of the flag pole.