Flag flying in West Suffolk

The Union Flag shall fly on all days on flagpoles owned by West Suffolk Council.

In addition to the Union flag other appropriate flags will be flown from public buildings from 8am to sunset on the dates shown below.  Unless otherwise stated,  other flags shall be flown secondary to the Union flag or on a separate flag pole.


Day Date Occasion
Sunday 9 January Birthday of the Duchess of Cambridge (1982)
Thursday 20 January Birthday of the Countess of Wessex (1965)
  1 to 28 February Rainbow Flag - LGBT History Month
Sunday 6 February Her Majesty’s Accession (1952)
Monday 14 March Commonwealth Day (second Monday in March)
Thursday 10 March Birthday of the Earl of Wessex (1964)
Thursday 21 April Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen (1926)
Saturday 23 April St George’s Day (Cross of St George)
Tuesday 17 May International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)
Tuesday  17 May West Suffolk AGM (District flag may be flown)
Thursday 2 June Coronation Day (1953)
Thursday 2 June Official Celebration of Queen’s Birthday
Saturday  18 June Suffolk Pride
Tuesday 21 June Suffolk Day
Tuesday 21 June Birthday of the Duke of Cambridge (1982)
Saturday 25 June

Armed Forces Day (flag will fly from Monday 20 June until Armed Forces Day)

Sunday 17 July Birthday of the Duchess of Cornwall (1947)
Monday 15 August Birthday of the Princess Royal (1950)
Saturday 3 September Merchant Navy Day (Red Ensign flag)
Thursday 15 September Battle of Britain Day
Sunday 18 September Battle of Britain Commemoration
Thursday 11 November Armistice Day


13 November Remembrance Sunday (nearest Sunday to 11 November)
Monday 14 November Birthday of the Prince of Wales (1948)
Sunday 20 November St Edmunds Day (St Edmunds Flag)
Sunday 20 November Transgender Remembrance Day (Pride Flag, where it can be flown)

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 (14 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.