FLAGS AND POLES
FLAG FLYING ETIQUETTE
Where a building has two or more flagpoles, the appropriate National flag may be flown in addition to the Union flag, but not in a superior position. Flags should be flown at full mast all day. The Union flag should fly alongside the European flag. On buildings that only have one flagpole, the Union flag should take precedence. Always keep a spare set of flags. Always hoist the flag briskly and lower it slowly as a mark of respect. Never let the flag touch the ground. To fly a flag at half mast means the flag is flown two thirds of the way up the flagpole, with at least the height of the flag between the top of the flag and the top of the flagpole. When flying your flag at half mast, the flag must be hoisted to the top of the flagpole then lowered to it's position. Never fly a worn or dirty Union flag. The Union flag must always be flown the correct way up. This is with the wider diagonal white stripe above the red diagonal stripe in the half nearest to the flagpole. You don't need planning permission to erect a flagpole and fly the Union flag under Schedule 2 of the regulations. The National flag of any country, including the Union flag, is exempt from advertising control, provided each flag is flown from a single vertical flagstaff, and neither the flag nor the flagstaff display any advertisement additional to the design of the flag. If you wish to fly corporate flags etc., you will need planning permission. Only National flags, as detailed above, do not require permission to be flown from a permanently installed flagpole. Temporary flags and banners flown at an event, such as a Fiesta, or flown on board ship at an event, such as a Regatta, are covered by a different, and somewhat more lenient set of regulations.
Here we see the Jolly Roger, essentially a party flag, being flown from an unusual crane-style mast in a celebratory manner to commemorate the wedding anniversary of a famous local couple who's Blessing took place on Lundy Island, courtesy of the good ship Oldenberg, and the beautiful Church of St. Helena.
The Union Flag, a celebration of unity amongst once warfaring nations from a hopefully soon-to-be forgotten past, symbolising our ability to put our differences behind us and work together for the greater good of our fellow countrymen. The sum of the collective is greater than that of it's individual components.
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