Flag flying in West Suffolk

Following the Government's announcement on 26 March 2021 regarding flying the Union Flag, we are presently reviewing our Flag Flying Protocol.  The Flag Flying Protocol as it applied up to 26 March 2021 is set out below.

Union and other appropriate 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.

2021

Day Date Occasion
Saturday 9 January Birthday of the Duchess of Cambridge (1982)
Wednesday 20 January Birthday of the Countess of Wessex
  1 to 29 February Rainbow Flag - LGBT History Month
Saturday 6 February Her Majesty’s Accession (1952)
Monday 8 March Commonwealth Day (second Monday in March)
Wednesday 10 March Birthday of the Earl of Wessex
Wednesday 21 April Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen (1926)
Friday 23 April St George’s Day (Cross of St George)
Monday 17 May International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)
Wednesday 2 June Coronation Day
Thursday 10 June Birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh (1921)
Saturday 12 June Official Celebration of Queen’s Birthday
Sunday 20 June Suffolk Day
Monday 21 June Birthday of the Duke of Cambridge (1982)
Saturday 26 June

Armed Forces Day (flag will fly from Monday until Armed Forces Day)

Saturday 26 June Suffolk Pride
Saturday 17 July Birthday of the Duchess of Cornwall (1947)
Sunday 15 August Birthday of the Princess Royal (1950)
Friday 3 September Merchant Navy Day (Red Ensign flag)
Wednesday 15 September Battle of Britain Day
Sunday 19 September Battle of Britain Commemoration
Thursday 11 November Remembrance Day

Sunday

14 November Remembrance Sunday (nearest Sunday to 11 November)
Sunday 14 November Birthday of the Prince of Wales (1948)
Saturday 20 November St Edmund Flag
Saturday 20 November

Her Majesty’s Wedding Day (1947)

Saturday 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.

Commonwealth Day (9 March)

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

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.