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Information about flag flying in the borough
To celebrate the diversity of our local community, we support regular flag raising events throughout the year. If you’re interested in organising a flag raising event to mark a day or month of significance for nations, communities and minority groups represented within our borough view our flag flying policy and our equality and diversity calendar below.
This policy applies to Barking Town Hall as the council’s main administrative building. It will act as a guide, along with the plain English guide to flying flags.
Also flown at half mast to mark the death/funeral of a council employee or former employee.
In accordance with guidance from the Department for Culture and Media and Sport, also flies in recognition of these occasions:
Additionally the leader of the council has discretion to fly flags as appropriate at other times (for example when the national football team is playing in the World Cup).
On St George’s Day on 23 April
On the Day against homophobia on 17 May, and during February for LGBT History Month.
Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday of June. In 2018, it took place on Saturday 30 June. Celebrations began on Monday 25 June when the Armed Forces Day flag was raised, and flown all week.
Recognising Windrush Day on 22 June with an annual celebration to honour the history and legacy of the Windrush generation
On international day of memorial for the victims of the genocide on 11 July.
On international day of persons with disabilities on 3 December.
On 15 October to mark International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
On 20 November to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance.
On 25 November to mark the campaign to stop male violence against woman and girls.
Flags will not be flown during severe weather warning and planned maintenance.
To celebrate the diversity of the borough and the heritage and identity of our residents, and to show civic pride, the council invites members of the community to organise flag raising events to mark days of significance for nations, communities and minority groups represented within the borough.
Donate a flag events are community-led and local organisers are responsible for planning and delivering the event, with some support from the council.
The council will offer use of the Town Square and Town Hall for your event and fly the chosen flag on the Town Hall flagpole for the day.
A key requirement is that the flag which will be used for the event is donated to the council by the community. The flag will then be used for future events regarding that nation, community or group.
Anyone wishing to organise such an event should read and follow the instructions in the guide.
Donate a flag guidance for event organisers (Word, 45KB)
Events will only be considered if the event request form has been completed and submitted 4 weeks in advance of the proposed date of the event.
Contact the Leader’s Office for further information:
020 8724 2101