Flag flying in West Suffolk

Union and/or borough/St Edmunds 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
Wednesday 9 January Birthday of the Duchess of Cambridge (1982)
Sunday 20 January Birthday of the Countess of Wessex
  1-28 February Rainbow Flag - LGB&T History Month
Wednesday 6 February Her Majesty’s Accession (1952)


19 February Birthday of the Duke of York (1960)
Sunday 10 March Birthday of the Earl of Wessex
Monday 11 March

Commonwealth Day (2nd Monday in March)

Sunday 21 April Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen (1926)
Tuesday 23 April St George’s Day (Cross of St George)
Friday 17 May International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)

17-26 May

Bury Festival 
Sunday 2 June Coronation Day
Sunday 9 June Official Celebration of Queen’s Birthday
Monday 10 June Birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh
Friday 21 June Birthday of the Duke of Cambridge (1982)
Monday 24 June Armed Forces Day Flag raising on Angel Hill at 10.30am until end of day Saturday 29 June
Saturday 24 June

Armed Forces Day (Flag up from Monday for the week to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June

Wednesday 17 July Birthday of the Duchess of Cornwall
Thursday 15 August Birthday of the Princess Royal
Tuesday 3 September Merchant Navy Day (Red Ensign flag)
Sunday 15 September Battle of Britain Day and Commemoration Sunday
Sunday 7 October Harvest Festival
Saturday 9 November Remembrance Service, Rose Garden, Abbey Gardens


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

11.30am Services and parades, Bury St Edmunds


Monday 11 November Remembrance Day
Thursday 14 November Birthday of the Prince of Wales (1948)
Wednesday 20 November St Edmunds Day (St Edmunds Flag)
Wednesday 20 November

Her Majesty’s Wedding Day (1947)

Wednesday 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.

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.