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.
|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)|
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|
|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|
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.